Dara Kell is an award-winning South African filmmaker and media entrepreneur. She directed and produced "Dear Mandela," a film about three courageous young South African slum dwellers who lead a social movement to stop mass evictions across the country. "Dear Mandela" is the centerpiece of a global community engagement project that educates slum residents about their housing rights and inspires young people to become leaders. Dara was commissioned by Terre des Hommes to create a series of films about children's perspectives of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. Filmed in Brazil's army-occupied favelas, the documentaries are part of a campaign to make mega sporting events more safe and fair for children.
For more than a decade, Dara has worked closely with Pen America and the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary to design educational materials and produce multimedia content for their wide-ranging programs.
Dara runs New York-based production company Brava Media. Her work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Bertha Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
Dara is a two-time resident at the Vermont Studio Center. She won the 2015 Zoetrope ALL:STORY fiction contest and is at work on her debut collection of short stories.