Veena Rao is a storyteller who loves the magic of film- its ability to allow us to dream and empathize with each other, and to influence how we view the world. In her own work, she is interested in revealing the extraordinary in the everyday. Learning about the experiences of others, and translating them into moving images is an incredible privilege and challenge for her.

Her films have screened at festivals in the U.S. and internationally, been featured on The New York Times Op-Docs, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Vimeo Staff Picks, broadcast on Current TV and the Documentary Channel, and supported by Independent Television Service (ITVS), and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

She was also a contributor for Pop-Up Magazine shows in eleven cities across the U.S. and Canada in 2018 as well as a special edition show at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Veena is an alumna of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a member of Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, Brown Girls Doc Mafia and New York Women in Film & Television.

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Filming with 13 year-old Akelik, an eagle huntress, in Western Mongolia. Photo: Zac Murray

Filming with 13 year-old Akelik, an eagle huntress, in Western Mongolia. Photo: Zac Murray