Amanda Bailly

last updated 12/6/2017

Amanda Bailly

Producer at Human Rights Watch

Location:
350 Fifth Avenue 34th Floor, New York City, New York, United States
HQ Phone:
(212) 290-4700

General Information

Experience

Freelance Writer - Self-employed (journalism)

Education

journalism and Middle East history , Boston University

Recent News  

'8 Borders, 8 Days' - a Q&A about how to make a film with impact - Vignette Interactive

In 2015, Amanda Bailly shadowed a single Syrian mother and her two kids when they fled with smugglers from Beirut to Berlin.
The resulting film is celebrates strength in motherhood, and is an immersive experience of one of the greatest human rights crises of our time. The film, 8 Borders, 8 Days , premiered in April to sold-out screenings at the Florida Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival, where it was also awarded a prize as the single film contributing most to the conversation on immigration in the US. Early this year, Amanda brought on Impact Producer, Marie-Marguerite Sabongui, to figure out how to use this film to help shift the refugee narrative in the US. MM: When I came on board, Amanda was already clear that she wanted people in the United States to experience Sham's story. Amanda: The anecdotal stories are the most moving. There are so many great films being made that sometimes just get aired once and then are shelved - Sham's story was so timely and important that immediately I decided that I wanted to work with Amanda to make sure that didn't happen to her film. Q: Amanda, what made you decide to bring Marie on for this role? Had you worked with someone similar in the past or was this a new kind of partnership for you? Amanda: I worked in video advocacy at Human Rights Watch for several years before leaving the organization and starting this film, so because of that background, throughout the post-production process I was formulating the impact goals in my mind. Amanda: We also did a flagship screening in Rutland, VT. This is a place that made national headlines last year when the incumbent mayor lost the election because he said he wanted to welcome refugees.

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'8 Borders, 8 Days' - a Q&A about how to make a film with impact - Vignette Interactive

In 2015, Amanda Bailly shadowed a single Syrian mother and her two kids when they fled with smugglers from Beirut to Berlin.
The resulting film is celebrates strength in motherhood, and is an immersive experience of one of the greatest human rights crises of our time. The film, 8 Borders, 8 Days, premiered in April to sold-out screenings at the Florida Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival, where it was also awarded a prize as the single film contributing most to the conversation on immigration in the US. Early this year, Amanda brought on Impact Producer, Marie-Marguerite Sabongui, to figure out how to use this film to help shift the refugee narrative in the US. MM: When I came on board, Amanda was already clear that she wanted people in the United States to experience Sham's story. Amanda: The anecdotal stories are the most moving. There are so many great films being made that sometimes just get aired once and then are shelved - Sham's story was so timely and important that immediately I decided that I wanted to work with Amanda to make sure that didn't happen to her film. Q: Amanda, what made you decide to bring Marie on for this role? Had you worked with someone similar in the past or was this a new kind of partnership for you? Amanda: I worked in video advocacy at Human Rights Watch for several years before leaving the organization and starting this film, so because of that background, throughout the post-production process I was formulating the impact goals in my mind. Amanda: We also did a flagship screening in Rutland, VT. This is a place that made national headlines last year when the incumbent mayor lost the election because he said he wanted to welcome refugees.

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Welcoming Week | Welcoming America

Amanda Bailly | June 20, 2017
You can also invite the filmmaker, Amanda Bailly, to speak in person or via Skype at your event. To learn more, visit 8borders8days.com/host or email [email protected]. About Amanda Bailly Amanda Bailly is an American independent filmmaker based in Beirut, Lebanon. In 2015, she followed a single Syrian mother and her two kids from Beirut to Berlin when they fled with smugglers. The film, 8 Borders, 8 Days, premiered in April 2017 and is currently touring the country in film festivals and community screenings. She also produces documentaries and web videos for human rights organizations, primarily Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, and the United Nations. Previously, she was a producer for Human Rights Watch's multimedia team in New York. She studied journalism and Middle East history at Boston University.

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