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Mira Niagolova filmmaker Mira Niagolova is an award-winning internationally recognized documentary filmmaker committed to telling socially conscious stories portrayed with sensitivity and compassion.

Mira is the recipient of a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant. The Award is to teach independent film for social change at the National Academy for Theater and Film Arts, in Sofia, Bulgaria, and to develop her new multi-platform documentary, "Selling Identity", on gender stereotyping.

Mira made her debut as an independent filmmaker in 1999 with the award-winning documentary Trafficking Cinderella about forced prostitution and the trafficking of women. The film has been screened around the world and used as an educational tool by numerous international cultural and anti-trafficking organizations. Her next film, A Parallel World, about life in a refugee camp also won many awards and was distributed worldwide.

Mira's latest documentary, Welcome to Vermont: four stories of resettled identity, is a continuation of her interest on issues of forced displacement and identity.

Mira has experience in both the TV/Film industry and nonprofit sector for more than 25 years. She worked as a producer and anchor with the Film Department, Bulgarian National Television. She also wrote about film in print media and published a critically acclaimed book Play: Faces form the Big Screen, Cyril and Methodius Publishing House, 1992, ISBN 9789544210083.

In the early 90's she moved to Montreal, Canada, and worked for seven years with the International Program of The National Film Board of Canada. In 2000 she moved to Vermont and for six years took the position of the Executive Director of the Vermont International Film Festival. She also served as the Artistic Director of White River Indie Films.

Presently, Mira teaches film at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, and gives lectures and workshops on various aspects of documentaries for social change at local, national and international educational and cultural institutions.

Mira has received fellowships and recognition awards from Sundance Documentary Fund, Open Society Institute, National Film Board of Canada, New England Foundation for the Arts, Canada Arts Council, Vermont Council for the Arts/National Endowment for the Arts, Canadian International Developing Agency, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunication Commission, Vermont Community Foundation Arts Endowment, Puffin Foundation, CTV, Vermont Humanities Council, and others.

Mira lives with her family in Essex, Vermont.

For booking and other inquiries, please e-mail Mira at

Trafficking Cinderella trafficking cinderella, 1999
A 48-minute documentary on forced prostitution and trafficking of women from Eastern Europe to the West. It features the gut wrenching testimonies of broken dreams, withered illusions, rape and humiliation from several Eastern European girls sold as prostitutes.

Awards:
~ Best Human Rights Documentary at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival, USA
~ Certificate for Creative Excellence, Social Issues Category at the 32nd US International Film and Video Festival, Chicago, USA
~ In the official selections of numerous festivals around the world
~ More than 200 public screenings in North America-, Europe-, and Asia- TV stations, museums, foundations and other organizational libraries such as: Polaris Project, one of the largest anti-trafficking organizations in the United States and Japan; The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking; Unite Clothing Foundation, Australia; Terre des hommes, Nepal; Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking Organization, LA, California, and others.
~ The film has been also used as an educational tool at universities around the world including: Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, RI; American University and Georgetown University, DC; Archive of the Cineteca di Bologna, Italy; University of Minnesota, MN: Human Rights Film Library, "People in Need Foundation" Prague, Czech Republic; Columbia International Affairs Online, Columbia University Press, and others.


A Parallel Worlda parallel world, 2002
A 30-minute documentary exploring life in a refugee camp. It tells a story of suffering and existential chaos experienced by a few displaced families after the Kosovo conflict.

Awards:
~ Best Independent Documentary at the 32nd Canadian International Film and Video Festival
~ Honourable Mention at the Columbus International Film & Video Festival, Columbus, OH
~ Special Recognition Award for Personal Vision in Documentary Film, Vermont Stage and Screen Awards, Burlington, VT

Distributed worldwide by The National Film Board of Canada.

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