Dara Kell is an award-winning South African filmmaker and impact story consultant. She directed and produced “Dear Mandela,” a film about three courageous young South African slum dwellers who lead a social movement to stop mass evictions across the country. The film won multiple awards including Grand Jury Prize at the Brooklyn Film Festival and Best South African Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival.
Dara recently directed videos for the Ford Foundation's highly viewed "Inequality Is" campaign, interviewing a wide array of voices—including Elton John, Gloria Steinem and Richard Branson—who share their perspectives on the subject of inequality. Dara was commissioned by Terres des Hommes to create a series of films about children’s perspectives of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. Filmed in Brazil’s army-occupied favelas, the documentaries are part of a campaign to make Mega Sporting Events more safe and fair for children. Dara’s short film about jailed Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji was created for PEN America and was used to successfully advocate for Naji's freedom.
Dara is currently Creative Director at Brava Media, a boutique story consultancy that helps non-profits elevate their impact. Her work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Ford Foundation.
SELECTED PEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
October, 2016. Panelist. "Storytelling and South Africa" - Ford Foundation, New York
October 2015. Media Advisor at the SKOLL Foundation / Sundance Institute ‘Stories of Change’ Convening
April 2014. Guest Speaker. World Urban Forum 7, Medellin, Colombia.
April, 2013. Panelist. "Social Storytelling in the Age of Data - Meaning & Momentum". - United Nations Communications Workshop, New York
Law, social justice, and Storytelling: Blog post for the Bertha Foundation
"Small Holding" - Prize-winning short story published in Zoetrope Magazine
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