Steve James
Executive Producer and Series Editor/Director of the Nigerian story

Steve James is best known as the award-winning director, producer and co-editor of Hoop Dreams, for which he won several prestigious awards. He also received an Academy Award nomination for editing.
James recently completed his first documentary since finishing Hoop Dreams. Stevie is a feature-length portrait of a young man for whom James was once a Big Brother. The film premiered at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to win multiple awards at film festivals worldwide. The film was released theatrically by Lions Gate to great acclaim.

In 1997, James wrote and directed his first dramatic feature, Prefontaine, which premiered at Sundance. He also directed the TNT movie Passing Glory and most recently, Joe and Max, which premiered on Starz!.

James is currently producing and directing Reel Paradise, a feature documentary about former "indie film guru" John Pierson, who took his family to live for a year on a remote island in Fiji.

Gordon Quinn
Executive Producer/Co-Director of the Palestinian Story

Gordon Quinn, president and founding member of Kartemquin Films, has been making documentaries for more than 35 years. In his long career he has served as an executive producer, producer, director, cameraman and editor. Roger Ebert called his first film, Home for Life (1966), "an extraordinarily moving documentary."

Recently, Quinn won the Documentary Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival for Stevie, on which he was also the executive producer and producer. On Refrigerator Mothers (2002), he again served as executive producer, producer and cinematographer. The award-winning film tells the stories of a generation of mothers that the medical establishment blamed for causing their children's autism.

In 2001, Quinn executive produced 5 Girls, which premiered on P.O.V. In 1999, he produced and directed Vietnam. Long Time Coming, which tells the story of disabled and able-bodied Vietnamese and American veterans on a journey of reconciliation, athletic achievements and emotional discovery. It won several awards, including an Emmy and Best Documentary from the Director's Guild of America.

Quinn also served as executive producer on Kartemquin's best-known film, Hoop Dreams. Some of his early award-winning productions include The Chicago Maternity Center Story (1976), about saving Chicago's historic neighborhood-based home-delivery service; Taylor Chain I: Story in a Union Local (1980), Taylor Chain II: A Story of Collective Bargaining (1984) and The Last Pullman Car (1983), three films about union democracy and corporate disinvestments; and Golub (1990), a documentary on art, politics and the media, featuring American artist Leon Golub.

Gita Saedi
Series Producer, Producer of the Nigerian story

Gita Saedi is an award-winning independent documentary producer/director who has been working in film for more than 12 years. She has been on producing teams for Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, CBS and PBS in the United States and RTE in Ireland.
Her projects include 24 short films for the JFK Museum in Boston; No Time to be a Child, a three-part PBS series on children and violence; The Tourist Trap, a four-part documentary about cultural differences shot in Turkey; and a multi-part series on Celtic heritage produced in Ireland.
Other documentary credits include coordinating Jack, a CBS Emmy-award winning feature-length documentary about John F. Kennedy; prime-time holiday specials for CBS Entertainment; and field producing Journey Towards Peace, a PBS documentary chronicling a peace mission in Senegal headed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and John Hope Franklin.

Saedi has won numerous awards and festivals for her independent short Everybody Nose. She received an Emmy nomination for directing short vignettes for the regional series Artbeat.

Indu Krishnan
Director of the Indian story

Indu Krishnan is herself an immigrant from India, who now lives in San Francisco with her husband and son. She has produced and directed numerous immigrant-themed works including Knowing Her Place, a documentary portrait of the dynamics between an Indian woman and three generations of her family living in the U.S. and India.

Krishnan worked collectively with a number of other producers and Deep Dish TV on the Gulf Crisis TV Project, a series of half-hour programs critically examining the first U.S. war with Iraq. She is currently working on A Stone in the Rice, a documentary about a proscribed community of women artists in India.
Krishnan has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as grants from the NEA, NYSCA and other foundations. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Delhi and a master's degree in media studies from the New School for Social Research.

Susana Aikin and Carlos Aparicio
Directors of the Dominican story

Both originally from Spain, Susana Aikin and Carlos Aparicio are an Emmy award-winning producing/directing/editing team.

Among the many documentaries they have produced dealing with issues of race and migration are In the Land of Plenty, a film about the life of an undocumented Mexican strawberry picker; The Transformation, which explores AIDS, survival and the American religious right through the story of Ricardo, a former homeless prostitute transvestite; and The Salt Mines, a film about a Latino/gay/homeless community living in abandoned garbage trucks by the Hudson River in New York City.

The team has received Rockefeller Fellowships and grants from the American Film Institute, the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund and the Jerome Foundation among others, and has won awards at multiple film festivals.

Renee Tajima-Peña
Director of the Mexican story

Renee Tajima-Peña has become a chronicler of the Asian American community with several award-winning films, including Who Killed Vincent Chin?, an investigation of the racially-motivated murder of a Chinese American man in Detroit; and My America...or Honk if You Love Buddha. She has been honored with numerous awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Feature Documentary, and has twice earned fellowships from both the Rockefeller Foundation and the New York Foundation on the Arts.

Tajima-Peña is also a writer and former film critic for The Village Voice and cultural commentator for NPR. She has written and lectured widely on Asian American and independent film and video, and was the founding director of the Asian American International Video Festival and former director of Asian Cine-Vision. She is currently producing two documentaries on immigrant labor in conjunction with Asian Women United.

Jerry Blumenthal
Co-Director of the Palestinian story

Jerry Blumenthal has been a director, producer, editor and sound recorder for the past 35 years. Along with Gordon Quinn, he was one of the original founders of Kartemquin Films. Their most recent documentary, Vietnam. Long Time Coming earned an Emmy award and the award for Best Documentary from the Directors Guild of America.
Blumenthal co-produced and directed several of Kartemquin's films, including Golub, The Chicago Maternity Center Story, Taylor Chain II: A Story of Collective Bargaining, The Last Pullman Car and Taylor Chain: Story in a Union Local.
Blumenthal continues to live and work in Chicago with Kartemquin Educational Films. He is currently working on Late Works are the Catastrophes, a new piece about the paintings of Leon Golub.

Evangeline Griego
Co-Producer of the Mexican story

Evangeline Griego is an award-winning independent documentary producer/director who has been working in film for 17 years. With Griego in the director's chair, her company, About Time Productions, produced the documentary Pano Arte: Images From Inside and the bilingual documentary, Border Visions, Visiones Fronterizos. The production company is currently working on God Willing, about a family's heart-wrenching efforts to extricate itself from a bible-based nomadic cult's grip.
Griego served as festival manager for the annual OUTFEST, Los Angeles's Gay & Lesbian film festival and is the co-founder of the Silver Lake Film Festival. She is a board member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and OUTFEST.

Griego's extensive production management and line producing experience includes short and feature films, music videos and public service announcements. She is currently line producing a series for WETA-TV.

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