Samah Ali

a producer, entrepreneur, and film programmer interested in documentaries and futurism. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, she is an avid arts organizer involved in several film festivals including Nantucket Film Festival, DOC NYC, and Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival. She is the founder of the production and distribution organization Sisterhood Media and a masters candidate looking at the intersection of decolonial feminism, virtual reality cinema, and ethnic futurisms.

She is a film fanatic, tea enthusiast, and avid tweeter.

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Artwork by  Iman Geddy

Artwork by Iman Geddy

More on her education

Samah completed her bachelors degree at Western University in London, Canada with an Honours Specialization in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research. Now based in New York, she is pursuing a masters degree in Cinema Studies researching virtual reality cinema as the premier genre for filmmakers to share stories on futurism — Indigenous Futurism, Afrofuturism, Latinx Futurism, etc. Her work incorporates concepts like decoloniality, intersectionality, subjectivity, spectatorship, and interactive digital media.

More on her work

Active in the film industry for over eight years, Samah works in film curation, writing, and facilitating. She is the programmer for the Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival and an Associate Shorts Programmer for DOC NYC. She supported festivals like Nantucket Film Festival and Regent Park Film Festival in the programming and volunteer departments and curated for the Toronto International Film Festival. Samah passes her knowledge forward by facilitating workshops for young people in Ontario in association with organizations like Badass Muslimah, WeRepresent, and Black Law Students’ Association at York University.

Samah is the founder of the Sisterhood Media, an organization producing and distributing digital media for and by marginalized filmmakers. With Sisterhood Media, she produced the award-winning documentary hyphen-nation and documentary series where now?.