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Nataleah Hunter-Young is a film programmer, media artist, and PhD student in Communication and Culture at Ryerson University. She has supported festival programming with the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Outdoor Picture Show, and the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa where she was the lead documentary programmer in 2018. With an educational background in social work and building on more than 10 years’ experience as a local and international youth worker, Nataleah has always merged her passions for community development with her love of film and media arts. Her doctoral research looks at the sociocultural impact of social media police brutality videos and the ways in which artists are incorporating those themes in their work. More broadly, Nataleah’s research interests include visual culture, Black visualities, civic engagement, and documentary media. She holds a Master’s of Social Work from Ryerson University, and has recently written for Canadian Art Magazine, the Gardiner Museum, and issue 58 of PUBLIC: Arts/Culture/Ideas (which she also co-edited).

Photo by Zahra Siddiqui