I am an Emmy award-winning filmmaker and multimedia producer who started her media career in southern Africa. I direct, shoot, and edit documentaries and web series. I manage multimedia projects, including conducting research, planning and implementing advocacy campaigns, creating and curating social media content and strategizing community engagement. I freelance as Pajama Girl Productions and run my multimedia company OKAHANDJA 90. I am leading an interactive team to produce SPOILED, a non-fiction motion graphic novel that looks at the resource curse and uncovers the US connection to oil in Africa.
Previously I was 15 years in Africa running my own documentary production company and 5 years in New Mexico at PBS - producing, directing, editing, shooting documentaries and new media projects for broadcasters, non-profits, government institutions, and international organizations, including UNAIDS, The Ford Foundation, and the Oscar/Peabody award-winning STEPS International.
I received 2 Emmys for new media (2009), including creating and producing the online PBS series Artisodes, documentary shorts profiling contemporary artists. I have received 6 Emmy nominations (2007, 2009) for documentary productions. My documentary Master Positive about an HIV positive African man who makes papier-mâché coffins was honored at Canada's BANFF World Television Festival and received the Special Jury Citation at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (2001). I received the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Afrykamera Film Festival (2011) for The Power Stone, a documentary produced over a decade ago, that chronicles the loss and eventual return 80 years later of an African tribe’s mystical stone.
I hold a B.A. in International Development at the University of California, Berkeley (1990).