Dara Kell

Biography: Dara Kell is an award-winning South African filmmaker and editor. She was co-editor of The Reckoning (Sundance Film Festival, 2009) and was an additional editor on the Academy Award-nominated Jesus Camp. She has since edited documentaries about prison reform, LGBT rights, Head Start and domestic violence. As part of a coalition of grassroots community organizations, she spent many years working with youth across the United States developing collaborative films to strengthen their work on healthcare and housing rights issues. She has trained young people who are now leaders in dozens of groups across the country, including the Media Mobilizing Project in Philadelphia and United Workers in Baltimore. In South Africa, she edited Courting Justice, which profiles five indomitable female judges charged with the task of advancing human rights and enacting transitional justice. Dara studied Journalism and Political Science at Rhodes University, and won the top prize for her student film about motherhood and AIDS.

Christopher Nizza and Dara Kell are recipients of Participant Media’s Outstanding Filmmaker Award, representing Africa. Dear Mandela is their first feature-length documentary.

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Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Dear Mandela (2013 – Dara Kell, Christopher Nizza).

Filmography:
Indlini Yam [In My House] (2003);
Dear Mandela (2012 – Dara Kell, Christopher Nizza).