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MEET THE DIRECTORS

When we decided to embark on this project - we knew we couldn't do it alone.  We needed to find someone who wanted to do this film who shared our passion for this story.  
 

We found Lauren Shaw and Bob Nesson (both professors at Emerson College, Boston) to direct this film. We decided if we were going to do this - we wanted to do it right. 

Lauren Shaw & Bob Nesson - Emerson College, Boston

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LAUREN SHAW, 
Professor Department of Visual & Media Arts, 
Emerson College

www.laurenshaw.com

Lauren Shaw is a well-known photographer and documentary filmmaker whose work has
been exhibited widely throughout the United States: Getty Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Art Institute Chicago, Library of Congress, High Museum, Farnsworth and Newark Museums. Her short documentary film:  2010, A Drop In the Bucket, won numerous awards and screened at film festivals and museums across the US. She completed her full-length documentary,
2014, Angkor's Children, a film about Cambodia's cultural and artistic renaissance told through the voices of three young Cambodian women who are forerunners of the first generation after the Khmer Rouge genocide that killed two million people.
 
Lauren is the recipient of two National Endowment Regional Grants, LEF Foundation Grant,  and 12 Faculty Advancement Fund Grants. She was the first recipient of the Irma Stearns Mann Award at Emerson in 1993. She won the Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award: Santa Fe Center for Photography, 2004.

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BOB NESSON, 

Filmmaker Department  of Visual & Media Arts, 

Emerson College

www.nessonmedia.com

Bob Nesson is an award-winning independent filmmaker and principal of Nesson Media Boston, Inc. He was recognized as Emerson's outstanding adjunct faculty member and received the Stanzler Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010.  Bob’s career includes filming on five continents on subjects of war and peace, the environment, art and culture.  For ten years Bob has been an adjunct professor at Emerson College, teaching his self-designed courses including Documentary for Social Action, Filmmaking and the Environment, and
Urban Studies and Filmmaking.  Bob is the recipient of fellowships in film, journalism and environmental studies, including those​​​​ from the Flaherty Film Seminar and the Society of Environmental Journalists.
 
Bob received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Fellowship Award for Excellence in
Film and Video in 2015.