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Nina Shapiro-Perl

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Nina Shapiro-Perl has been working as a filmmaker, anthropologist, and teacher for 35 years. Between 2008 and 2017, she served as Filmmaker in Residence at American University, teaching documentary film and digital storytelling and founding the Community Voice Project, which produced 80+ films for 25 non-profit organizations in the greater Washington D.C. area. Before that, Nina worked for 20 years for the two-million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), where she created scores of films and programs for and by workers. In 2006, she left SEIU to write, produce and direct the film Through the Eye of the Needle, which tells the story of Holocaust survivor and artist Esther Nisenthal Krinitz. Nina’s latest film, Landscape of Power: Freedom and Slavery in the Great Dismal Swamp, carries to the public a story of agency, resistance, and resilience among escaped slaves living in swamp communities for more than 200 years. After living on the East Coast all her life, Nina recently moved to the Bay Area to be near her children and grandchildren and continue her film and digital storytelling work.