Meet the incredible programming team who brings Reelworld the best in BIPOC Canadian talent.
Ammar is a filmmaker and curator based in Toronto. Originally from Karachi, Pakistan, he has worked at a variety of film festivals, such as TIFF, SXSW, and Reel Asian in both Programming and Industry departments. Through his various roles at different film festivals, Ammar has gained extensive experience working with films and filmmakers from diverse backgrounds. He has both technical knowledge of filmmaking and experience in organising workshops around the city, giving him a broad reach across the filmmaking community of Toronto. Ammar holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto - Trinity College, with Honours in Political Science and Cinema Studies.
Nataleah is a film programmer, media artist, and PhD student in Communication and Culture at Ryerson University. She has supported festival programming with the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, TIFF, Toronto Outdoor Picture Show, and the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa where she was the lead documentary programmer in 2018. Nataleah has always merged her passions for community development with her love of film and media arts. She holds a Master’s of Social Work from Ryerson University, and has written for Canadian Art Magazine, the Gardiner Museum, and issue 58 of PUBLIC: Arts/Culture/Ideas.
Born to Canadian parents of Caribbean descent, Aisha is passionate about bringing the stories of underrepresented groups to the forefront. She holds a BA with specialized honours in Theatre from York University. She made her network television debut on Syfy’s 12 Monkeys and has since appeared in many TV and indie film projects. Her short film Accidentals, which she wrote, co-produced, and starred in is now touring the festival circuit.and made its U.S. Premiere at Black Star Film Festival in Philadelphia. Aisha is a resident of the Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee Short Film Script lab where she is currently in pre-production for her Short Film, Shoe Gazer.
Kulbinder is a producer and founder of REALLIFE Pictures Inc., an award-winning production company in Toronto. Her past roles include Advancement Officer for PCHS, Executive Director for the Sikh Foundation of Canada, and Producer and fundraiser for numerous successful productions. She supports many BIPOC female filmmakers and writers, sharing her business acumen to help market film/TV projects and their creators. At Reelworld, Kulbinder is pleased to use her wealth of experience to advance the professional development of diverse artists and help connect them with potential career opportunities.
Marina is an enterprising editor-writer who has experience as a marketing campaign manager, copywriter, and publications manager in the arts and culture industry. Her past roles include copywriter for TIFF, managing editor of publications for Tribeca Film Festival, and screening committee member for Human Rights Watch. Now, she is a communications manager for Verity, a co-working space in downtown Toronto exclusively for women. Marina holds a combined Honours Bachelor Degree in Mass Communication and Political Science from Carleton University, and a Graduate Certificate in Journalism New Media from Sheridan College.
Ella is an award winning interdisciplinary artist, photographer, filmmaker, impact producer and creative facilitator based in Toronto. Ella’s creative practice explores themes of racialized identity, Canadian diaspora, reclamation, embodied landscapes, contemporary dance and representations of the Black female body in Western visual culture. Her work has been presented in galleries, public spaces, festivals and for broadcast across Canada, the US and Europe. Ella is also known for creating and facilitating transformational leadership and arts equity programs for diverse communities in Canada, US, Jamaica and South Africa. She is also the founder of Black Women Film!.
Originally from Iran, Reza Sameni is an experienced film programmer and cinematographer. Currently, Reza is a film programmer for the JAYU Human Rights Film Festival, the Canadian Sport Film Festival, and the Syria Film Festival. As a cinematographer, he has over a decade of experience with documentaries and short films that focus on human rights, injustice, and domestic violence, several of which have been screened at many international film festivals, including IDFA, Rio de Janeiro, Denver, and Rendezvous with Madness. Reza holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from the Azad University of Tehran.