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Amie Williams

Amie Williams is a video and print journalist based in Athens, Greece. She has over twenty years of experience, freelancing for such outlets as Al Jazeera, PBS, CBC, Huffington Post, TruthDig, KPFK Radio, Free Speech TV, SABC and Kenya Nation TV. She has also produced and directed 6 award-winning feature documentary films, branded content and series, broadcast on PBS and Al Jazeera English. Her body of work represents global, diverse, authentic storytelling from under-represented voices and regions.

Born and raised in the United States, Amie graduated from Yale University, B.A. in English and U.C.L.A. Graduate School with an M.F.A. in film directing. She writes, shoots and edits all her work. In 2010, in response to the glaring gender and racial inequity in news, she co-founded the NGO, GlobalGirl Media, which teaches under-represented young women in citizen journalism. GGM is now a global youth news organisation that trains and reports in South Africa, Kosovo, London, Greece, Guatemala, Chicago, and Los Angeles . Amie regularly activates this network of emerging journalists to assist her in projects.  

Recently relocated from Los Angeles to Athens, Amie has also been building a portfolio of reporting on refugees/migrants. Last year, Amie was named "One of 50 Women Who Can Change Media and Entertainment," by Take The Lead, and won the With And For Girls Award in 2018. Earlier in her career she was chosen together with an international group of documentary filmmakers by the American Film Institute and the U.S. State Department to tour five countries with her film NO SWEAT about female garment workers and American Apparel in Los Angeles. In 2014, her film, WE ARE WISCONSIN was named by Michael Moore "one of this decade's most significant films for revealing an era of corporate greed." She is also a recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur International Peace Award in 1990.

 
English

MERCEDES: PORTRAIT OF A STREET SWEEPER: A story of one woman, and an encounter with two female filmmakers from the US, her pride in her job and love for her country, shot in one day in Old Havana, Cuba.


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TUNISIAN GIRL: Profile of the late Lina Ben Mheni, a leading female blogger from Tunis, Tunisia who died in 2020, responsible for leading a group of young bloggers that covered the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia which inspired the Arab Spring.


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AMASAN: Short documentary that looks at the dying art of the Amasan of Shirahama, Japan, women who plumb the depths of the ocean without any technical diving equipment, holding their breath for up to two minutes at a time to fish for abalone.


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HOMEFRONT: More U.S. women served in the Iraq War than any previous conflict, but many of them returned home to find that new battles await them. Short documentary produced for Al Jazeera English's WITNESS.


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LANGUAGE OF THE HEART: The Northern Arapaho in Wyoming introduce and immersion language program to help save their dying language. Produced for Al Jazeera English's documentary series WITNESS.


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WE ARE WISCONSIN: feature documentary about six ordinary Wisconsinites who join thousands of protestors at the State Capitol, building a citizen-driven uprising that would become the first Occupy demonstration in the United States that sparked a movement.


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Stories

  • REFUGEE WOMAN FINDS STRENGTH THROUGH YOGA AS HER CAMP BURNS DOWN

    Lesbos, Greece Current Affairs September 30 @ 12:00am

    Fatemeh was in the middle of a yoga class on Lesbos Island in Greece when her refugee camp, the notorious Moria, dubbed "living hell," by many of its residents caught on fire. Together with her fellow refugee and NGO volunteer students, they formed a circle and meditated first, then sprang into... Read more

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