Susanna Helke is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her films, including Ruthless Times – Songs of Care (2022), American Vagabond (2013), Playground (2010), Along the Road Little Child (2005), The Idle Ones (2001), White Sky (1998), and Sin (1995), have screened at many international film festivals and have received domestic and international recognition and awards. These include the Jussi Award, three Nordisk Panorama Best Nordic Documentary Awards, the Special Jury Prize/Q Hugo Film Award at Chicago International Film Festival, the Zonta Club Award at the Locarno Film Festival/Semaine de la Critique.
Helke is also a documentary film theorist, working as a professor at the film department of Aalto University in Finland.
Maori Karmael Holmes is a curator, filmmaker and writer. She founded BlackStar in 2012 and serves as its CEO and Artistic Director. She is a founding member of Lalibela Baltimore and is a member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia, The Community Board, and Programmers of Colour Collective.
Holmes was a 2019-2020 Soros Equality Fellow and recently announced as one of the Kennedy Center’s #Next50 List. She additionally serves as Mediamaker in Residence at the Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania and Curator at Large at Penn Live Arts/Annenberg Center.
Jacopo Quadri studied at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. As a valued editor, he worked on films by Bernardo Bertolucci, Gianfranco Rosi, Mario Martone, Paolo Virzì, Marco Bechis, Zhang Yuan, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and many others. He directed various found footage short films and, together with Mario Martone, made the full-length archive documentaries La terra trema (1998) and Un posto al mondo (2000). In 2011 he inherited Ubulibri, a publishing house specialised in theatre and cinema, with which he produced and directed La scuola d’estate (2014) and, with Davide Barletti, The Country Where Trees Fly (2015).
For Lorello and Brunello (2017), Quadri received the Cipputi Award at the Torino Film Festival. Ultimina (2020) was in competition at IDFA and won the Corso Salani Prize at Trieste Film Festival. After having screened at Giornate degli autori in Venice, his latest film We’re Here to Try, directed with Greta De Lazzaris, will have the international premiere in the Masters section at IDFA 2022.