Amen (pronounced Ai-mehn) Jafri
I am a documentary filmmaker and as a creator, I am completely attuned to the creative process and the amount of work involved to find an audience. Here's my story. I worked for 10 years in the federal public service, in communications and HR, specifically around the people side: talent management, career development and workplace well-being. I have also worked in film and television: the feature thriller Penthouse North (starring Michael Keaton and Michelle Monaghan), Radio Canada's Toi et moi: malgré tout, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Alibi Entertainment and the Cable Public Affairs Channel. I made my first film, The City That Fun Forgot?, without any prior experience and it had a sold-out premiere in 2014, garnering local and national media coverage. Since then, my other works have been shortlisted for the TVO Short Doc Contest and screened for TVO, the American Documentary Film Festival, Brooklyn Web Fest, The Pilot Light TV Festival and more. In 2018, I was the director for the Wingd/Bell Media production, Creatorland and a fellow for the Hot Docs Doc Accelerator Lab, as well as an IAWTV Award Winner and a participant in WIFT's IDM Fund Futures Program.