About the filmmakers
Saila Huusko is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. For three years she was the in-house filmmaker for the conflict resolution NGO founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Martti Ahtisaari. While there, she worked around the world, including in South Sudan and Afghanistan. Saila graduated with honors from the Columbia Journalism School and earned her BA from Middlebury College. She was a Rotary Peace Fellow at the University of Queensland in Australia. She recently directed Reading North for Al Jazeera’s Witness documentary strand.
Jasper Rischen is a documentary filmmaker and photographer originally from The Netherlands and based in Los Angeles. He recently shot a new documentary project in the Republic of Congo and is directing a 10-part docuseries following a world tour of stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Jasper graduated with high honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2015, winning a Pulitzer grant awarded to top students, as well as the Henry N. Taylor Award for best foreign student and a DuPont/Judy F. Crichton Award for best thesis film.