Northwest Film Forum

International Documentary Filmmakers Panel

Join Seattle Documentary Association for an engaging, inspiring and important conversation about the realities of documentary from the perspective of non-US born filmmakers in the SeaDoc community!

We will also screen short films and clips from their current film projects, including the short film “A Mother’s Gift” by Mohammand Ranjbar, the story of Rahima, 23 years old woman who served in the military in Afghanistan.

Mohammad Ranjbar (Afghanistan)
Rita Meher (India)
Filiz Efe McKinney (Turkey)
Champ Ensminger (Thailand / US)

*Facilitated by Elliat Graney-Saucke (SeaDoc President)



My name is Mohammad Ranjbar, I was born in Ghazni province of Afghanistan, I have a bachelor’s in directing from Kabul University, fine arts Faculty Afghanistan. Since 2009 I worked with different international organizations as Director, producer, cinematographer and photographer. I have made several short fiction and documentary films. The example is” Hasina” was nominated in women’s voices now from the Muslim world first film festival in 2012, his other works are hidden truth broadcasted from BBC Persian TV channel, lonely man, I studied cinema in my taxi, Who is really guilty?, Taxi, Jealousy was nominated as best film in Tehran 100 seconds film festival in Iran 2012, Ghusle Wajbib( ritual cleansing) short fiction Is selected at 2 nd Mehrgan Film festival Kabul. A Mothers Gift was broadcasted on BBC Persian TV, and it was selected in different international film festivals. I am currently working on my new documentary film called “Forbidden Terrain”. In 17 November I moved from Afghanistan to Seattle.

Rita Meher is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Tasveer. Rita Meher has been with Tasveer since its inception, March 2002. She dedicates most of her time to Tasveer and manages 2 festivals Tasveer South Asian Film festival and Aaina: South Asian Women Festival every year. Before diving full-time into Tasveer, she also worked as a freelance video producer and editor. She has edited the award-winning Bangladeshi documentary called Threads and made her first short film Citizenship101 based on her own immigrant experience. She has a strong background in producing government and public television shows, made her career debut in TV in Japan, 1995. She was recently awarded the Seattle Globalist of the Year 2015, and Rising Star by Northwest Asian Weekly. She was born and brought up in India, and has also lived in Japan for 4years. She is fluent in Hindi, Odiya and Japanese. To read more about her go to
Seattle Times/ Seattle Globalist:
KCTS9/PBS Newshour:

I run the business Brave Sprout, a boutique video production house in Seattle, specialized in multimedia storytelling with a strong focus on time-lapse photography and interview-driven narratives. ​​​​​​​Brave Sprout is also me; it is a rough translation of my name, Filiz Efe. ​​​​​​​Born and raised in Turkey, I moved to Seattle almost a decade ago. My experience living in multiple countries has taught me to challenge my assumptions and always push my limits. This same mindset lies at the heart of my work and is the basis for my maker philosophy.

Champ Ensminger is a Thai American filmmaker born in Chiang Mai and raised in Spokane, Washington. After graduating from the University of Washington in Seattle with a degree in comparative literature and anthropology, he moved to New York City, where he worked at the video hosting site Vimeo and then as a freelancer and production assistant at the web agency m ss ng p eces. He returned to Chiang Mai in 2013, where he spent time as a volunteer and workshop instructor at Documentary Arts Asia, a nonprofit aimed at bringing agency and exposure to Asia-based media artists. In 2014 he returned to the States as an Emerging Artist Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Westchester, NY. He is currently part of the production team at World Famous in Seattle, working on commercial and music video projects as a junior editor.

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