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Social Documentation Master of Fine Arts Candidates

Portrait of Ruth Anne Beutler
Grad Student
Research Interests: Responses to the current racial justice movement in evangelical churches; settler colonialism in the U.S.
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As a queer immigrant woman of color, Janet Chen works to support underrepresented and marginalized communities. She is a filmmaker, organizer and educator. She has worked at UC Irvine, Outfest and Visual Communications.
Grad Student
Research Interests: Cuban culture and performance; Latin America and the Caribbean; US imperialism and interventionism; immigrant identity and integration; education equity; data visualization; community arts and artivism
Grad Student
Research Interests: Film/Media Analysis, Leftist/Socialist Political movements, Transgender politics, Abolition, African-American and Asian-American studies, Korean Reunification and Imperialism/Colonialism studies
Chisa Hughes on rocks by ocean with camera
Grad Student
Research Interests: Observational documentary, the film essay, autobiographic and experimental nonfiction; american carcerality and abolition/transformative justice; panasian diasporic communities, and queer-of-color feminisms.
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Amrit Kaur is a queer, undocumented, South Asian femme, community organizer, and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA.
Grad Student
Colleen Kelley graduated from Kenyon College with degrees in Film and English. She was awarded Honors by the college’s Film and Theater Department for electing to complete a thesis project of an original screenplay and television series. She also studied film in Wellington, New Zealand.
Toyoko
Grad Student
Research Interests: U.S.
Grad Student
Maria’s passion in film began while working in the Entertainment Industry in California. She is a alumni of the Graduate Documentary Certificate Program at The New School where she completed her first short, La Lupita, which premiered at 2019 Doc NYC Festival.
Portrait of Lara Saab
Grad Student
Lara lives and works in Beirut, she is currently enrolled in an MFA in Social Documentation at UCSC. She graduated with distinction from an MBA in Art Management (2016) from IESA in Paris, France, and a BA from the Department of Fine Arts and Art History (2013) from the AUB, Lebanon.
Grad Student
I am an aspiring documentary filmmaker who is passionate about the ways that media plays a role in social justice practices. I graduated from DePauw University as a Media Fellow with a Conflict Studies major and a Gender Studies/ Film Studies double minor.
Portrait of Oana Tenter
Grad Student
Research Interests: Refugees, Roma, human rights, sex trafficking, and immigration.