Elizabeth Mermin

Elizabeth Mermin is a London-based independent filmmaker from New York specializing in documentary features. Her goal is that each of her films be radically different form the last.  She has a BA summa cum laude from Harvard in literature and a Masters in cultural anthropology from New York University, where she was a National Science Foundation fellow. She spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in Dakar, Senegal, studying the film industry and the independent press, and was a Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. She’s published articles on African, African-American, and documentary film in several academic journals and film/arts magazines. She has also preseented her films to classes at colleges and universities, including Harvard, Cambridge, and Cornell; and taught workshops at Filmbase in Dublin, Film London’s Microschool, and the Pacific New Media Center. In 2011 Mermin wrote the cover-story for the Indian magazine The Caravan, about the American terrorist behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Her most recent documentary, Amazing Azerbalijan!, took an irreverent look at human rights and European values in the context of Eurovision 2012, hosted in Baku. Mermin’s other feature documentaries include, HorsesTeam Qatar, Shot in Bombay, Office Tigers, and The Beauty Academy of Kabul. Her first film, On Hostile Ground (2001), co-directed with Jenny Raskin, was released theatrically in 2001 in New York, and broadcast on the Sundancec Channel.