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Rachel Clara Reed

New York, New York United States
Available for Freelance


Rachel Clara Reed is an Asian-American, mixed race independent documentary filmmaker who gravitates towards intimate stories that challenge common narratives around identity, migration, and culture. A member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia, she is currently editing her first feature doc, What We Carry. Her work experience includes shooting and editing documentaries, non-fiction television and multimedia packages. Her work has taken her to Sudan, Somalia, Somaliland, Uganda, Tanzania, and India, and from Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya to small Afro-Mexican towns in Veracruz. She contributes to outlets including The New York Times, The Guardian, Atlas Obscura, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera English, News Deeply and Pacific Standard Magazine. Her film Somali Night Fever, published on The Guardian, tells the story of Somalia’s golden era of music through the stories of two former bandmates and best friends who lost touch during the country’s civil war. It was long-listed and given a special mention at the 2020 One Media Awards and has over 1 million views.