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Filmmakers

Barni Axmed Qaasim, Director / Producer

Barni Axmed Qaasim

photo by Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde

Barni Axmed Qaasim is a documentary filmmaker and multimedia artist. Her work ranges from documentary film to music videos to video and photo journalism. She is dedicated to capturing images and sounds that shine a light on the efficacy and strength of communities that are ignored or misrepresented by mainstream media.  She constructs vibrant environments and likes to juxtapose diverse images to build meaning. She draws inspiration from Ida B. Wells, who pioneered investigative journalism to demand justice for her people. Barni’s work focuses on telling stories that evoke emotion and build connections between people because art can bring people together in a way that politics cannot.

Barni is the founder and director of Iftiin Productions, a company that provides video production services to social justice organizations. Barni is Associate Producer for Under Arpaio, a documentary film and winner of the 2012 Best of Arizona at the Arizona International Film Festival; the film was selected for the Sundance Institute’s Creative Change Artists’ Retreat. Barni was an Assistant Editor for the documentary, Into the Current, which was selected for the Lucerne International Film Festival and One World International Human Rights Film Festival. Barni holds a BA in Political Science with a minor in Interdisciplinary Arts and a Masters of Arts in Broadcasting.

 

Jennifer Lucero, Producer

Jennifer LuceroGrowing up, Jennifer Lucero developed her passion to capture people’s stories and experiences. Now she fuels her passion by producing documentary films that provide unique and diverse perspectives of people’s lives.

When she began her studies at the university, she envisioned writing stories to empower and educate people but also wanted to incorporate her desire to make films.  She began to think about the type of journalism she wanted to pursue when she graduated. While in school, she directed and produced Under a Cloudless Sky, a short documentary that sought to decriminalize women living in transition. In 2008, she graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a BA in Communication and a minor in Women’s Studies. In 2010, prompted by the recent violence in the Mexican border town Juárez, she directed and produced Juárez en Movimiento (Juárez in Movement). This film examined how Mexico’s struggle with the drug war affected people living and working in El Paso’s sister city, Juárez.

Recently, Lucero continues to work on socially conscious projects. In conjunction with New Mexico State University, she is the post-production supervisor for a new documentary about women agricultural scientists who are breaking through the gender barriers in Africa.