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Laura Hinson Assistant Professor School of Communication

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MFA, Film and Electronic Media, American University BA, Political Science and Communication, Furman University

Laura Waters Hinson is filmmaker-in-residence at American University. She is the founder of Image Bearer Pictures, an award-winning production company in Washington, DC. Her film, As We Forgive, about Rwanda’s reconciliation movement, won the student Academy Award for best documentary in 2008 and was broadcast nationwide on PBS stations. Laura co-founded the As We Forgive Rwanda Initiative, a Rwandan-led campaign that harnessed the power of film to promote healing after genocide, and reached nearly 100,000 Rwandans. She also co-directed Dog Days, a feature documentary about the American Dream set in DC’s underworld of street vending which is currently being broadcast nationally on PBS WORLD’s America Reframed series. In 2016, she directed Many Beautiful Things, a film about artist Lilias Trotter which premiered at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Her latest documentary, Mama Rwanda, is about the new generation of women entrepreneurs in Rwanda helping to transform their nation into one of the world’s fastest growing economies, which was a finalist for best short documentary at the Heartland Film Festival. She is partnered with the Akilah Institute for Women, using the film to promote women's education in East Africa and beyond. In 2017, Laura wrote and directed her first short narrative film called Moving Violation starring Milana Vayntrub which won Best Short Narrative at the DC Independent Film Festival in 2018. Laura received a MFA in filmmaking from American University and has worked in the past at the Discovery Health Channel and as a research assistant for MSNBC host Chris Matthews.
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