Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman

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Zana Briski (born October 25, 1966) is a photographer and filmmaker best known as the director of Born into Brothels, the 2004 winner of the Academy Award for Documentary Feature. Her belief in the power of art to transform lives—for both artist and viewer—led her to found Kids with Cameras, a non-profit organization that teaches the art of photography to marginalized children in communities throughout the world.

Ross Kauffman is the director, producer, cinematographer, and co-editor of Born Into Brothels, winner of the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Other projects include award-winning feature documentary In a Dream (Executive Producer) and Academy Award-nominated Postergirl (Consulting Producer). In 2001, Kauffman formed Red Light Films, a New York-based production company specializing in narrative and documentary films. Currently, he is working on a variety of projects including E-TEAM, a documentary feature about three intrepid human rights workers for which he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant; Wait for Me, a short documentary chronicling the story of a mother’s spiritual and emotional search for her son who went missing 23 years ago; and BOY BOY GIRL GIRL; a comedic narrative feature film about a gay couple trying to adopt a newborn baby from a drug-addicted pregnant woman and her abusive girlfriend.