Roda Siad

documentary filmmaker

Roda Siad is a documentary filmmaker and researcher who is passionate about producing films for social change. In 2012, she co-founded Borderless Films, a Calgary-based independent production company that creates impact through storytelling. She has conducted research in southern Europe on the global refugee crisis. Her report entitled Italy’s Ten Year Emergency: Integration of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in light of the Dublin II Regulation was presented at the 2020 Vision for Humanity Symposium hosted by the University of Calgary. She went on to produce Living at the Border, a web documentary that shares the stories of African migrants and asylum seekers living in Italy. The project won a 2014 Amnesty International Canada Media Award for best online journalism. In 2015, Roda was selected as one of twelve emerging leaders to participate in the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Fellowship Program, which is an intercultural exchange that focuses on the areas of youth development and migration.

Her most recent project, 19 Days, is a short documentary for the National Film Board of Canada that explores the settlement experiences of refugee families. The film has been screened across Canada, the UK, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic and Japan. She holds a Master’s degree in Media Production from Ryerson University in Toronto.

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