Said, a young Somali-American, graduated from university two years ago with big ideas. He was going to do things— change the world, instead he’s frustrated that his life is going nowhere until an old friend offers him the opportunity to make a difference.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Dehanza Rogers is an award-winning filmmaker of both narratives and documentaries. A Panamanian-American, her films explore the African diaspora, themes of race, and the liminal state of statehood in relation to identity.
Dehanza completed her B.A. in Anthropology with an interest in refugee youth culture, youth media and folklore. She recently received an MFA in Directing and an MFA in Cinematography from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.
Her most recent work, “The Youth,” premiered at the Seattle Film Festival.
Dehanza was recently awarded the Director’s Guide of America Student Filmmaker award, the Lynn Weston Fellowship in Film, Stanley Kramer Fellowship in Film Directing, the Mickey Dude Fellowship in Theater, Film and Television for the Depiction of Ethnic Diversity in American Life. She is also a recipient of the Four Sisters Scholarship in Screenwriting, Directing and Animation.
She is developing the feature length version of her short film “Sweet, Sweet Country.” Dehanza is currently an Assistant Professor of film production and directing at Cornell University.