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Nina Shapiro-Perl

School: American University
Field of Teaching: Filmmaker in Residence
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Major Achievements: Nina Shapiro-Perl is an award-winning producer and director who currently holds the position of Filmmaker-in-Residence at American University, where she teaches and leads the Community Voice Project. Before joining the faculty of American University, she worked for twenty years directing the Video Services Department and Greenhouse Cultural Program of the Service Employees International Union. Nina earned her doctorate from the University of Connecticut as a social anthropologist. Her first job outside academia was as a writer and producer at Maryland Public Television. Her latest film, "Through the Eye of the Needle" documents the art and story of Holocaust survivor and artist Esther Nisenthal Krinitz. It premiered at the Washington Jewish Film Festival where it won the Audience Favorite Award for Documentary. It has since won numerous awards including a 2012 CINE Golden Eagle for Documentary.

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