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Colette Ghunim

Leaders USA 2023

Role

Co-Founder, Mezcla Media Collective

Location

Illinois

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Biography

As a documentary filmmaker and nonprofit co-founder, Colette Ghunim’s passion lies at the cross-section of social impact and visual storytelling. Her first documentary, The People’s Girls (2016), received over two million views and won Best Short Documentary at the Arab Film Festival for its bold spotlight on street harassment in Egypt. As part of the Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator Program and the 2020 BAVC MediaMaker Fellowship, she is directing Traces of Home, her first feature-length film documenting her journey back to Mexico and Palestine to locate her parents' original homes, which they were forced to leave decades ago. Colette is also the co-founder of Mezcla Media Collective, a nonprofit organization that elevates nearly 700 women and non-binary filmmakers of color in Chicago.