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  • Open to all AFI DOCS passholders.

    AFI Festivals Programmer Sarah Harris moderates a lively conversation with women who have directed and/or produced documentaries in the 2019 AFI DOCS lineup. The panel celebrates their creative achievements and addresses the challenges faced by women in the documentary field.

    Moderator: Sarah Harris

    Waad al-Kateab
    Linda Goldstein Knowlton
    Emily Taguchi
    Trisha Ziff

  • Sarah HarrisSarah Harris (Moderator) has been a film festival programmer for over 13 years. She is currently the Programmer for AFI Festivals, curating films and events for AFI FEST, AFI DOCS and Meet the Press Film Festival. She was part of the founding staff of the Dallas Film Society, and host of the Dallas International Film Festival, where she was the Senior Programmer for over a decade. Her programming work has also included the Sundance Film Festival, Denver Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Aspen ShortsFest, Los Angeles Film Festival and Vimeo. Harris became the Coordinating Producer for Cinema Eye Honors 2019 after serving many years on the nomination committee. Having spent much of her life in the South, she now resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.


    Waad al-KateabWaad al-Kateab is a Syrian journalist and filmmaker who works for Channel 4 News in the UK. During the siege of Aleppo, she captured some of the most memorable images of the conflict. Her short films won 24 awards, including the 2016 International Emmy® for breaking news coverage.


    Linda Goldstein KnowltonLinda Goldstein Knowlton is an Emmy®-nominated filmmaker, working in documentary and scripted feature films, as well as TV. Documentaries she has directed or produced have screened at major festivals and theatrically, including CODE BLACK, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN and THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SESAME STREET. She began her career producing the award-winning WHALE RIDER.


    Emily TaguchiEmily Taguchi is a producer for NIGHTLINE, and a filmmaker whose work has been recognized with multiple Emmy® nominations and a duPont-Columbia Award. She has directed and produced stories throughout the U.S. and abroad that have aired on ABC, CNN, The New York Times Op-Docs and PBS, among others.


    Trisha ZiffTrisha Ziff is the founder of 212BERLIN FILMS, an independent cultural and film production company based in the U.S. and Mexico. Ziff produced and directed CHEVOLUTION (2008), THE MEXICAN SUITCASE (2011), WITKIN & WITKIN (2017) and THE MAN WHO SAW TOO MUCH (2015), which was awarded Best Documentary Feature at the Mexican Academy Awards (Ariel Awards). Ziff is currently in pre-production as director on RETURN TO OAXACALIFORNIA.