The Filmmaker

    Lara Damiani

    Director | Producer | Camera

    Lara Damiani is a passionate social-justice documentary-maker who shot, directed, produced and distributed her first feature documentary about Tibet’s freedom struggle in 2008. She met and interviewed the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Prime Minister in exile and numerous former political prisoners including Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng. She is an advocate for using filmmaking for community development and for education and outreach and founded The Tibet Project as a means of raising awareness about Tibet’s struggle beyond the film. Her documentary “Tibet’s Cry for Freedom” screened on TV NZ and on Czech Television and also at more than 14 international film festivals and screenings worldwide in Canada, the USA, Australia, the UK, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, France, Austria and New Zealand. Hear what Lara has to say about the making of her documentary on Tibet on these Australian television shows: Channel 7 Today Tonight and Channel 9 Sunday Program.

    After making her documentary on Tibet, Lara established Think Films – a film production studio which specialises in producing quality, cost effective media (film, photography and sound) for NGOs, Not-for-Profits, Social Enterprises and International Aid and Humanitarian Organisations. Think Films uses creative, flexible approaches encompassing community development, education and outreach into our work. For more information on Think Films, click here.

    In 2017, Lara shot, edited and produced an award winning short documentary “Little Bang’s New Eye” which follows the journey of 3 year old Hmong girl Bang from northern Vietnam as she travels from her mountain village home to the centre of Hanoi, Vietnam for treatment for eye cancer. The documentary was made to highlight the impact of the work of Sight For All. Watch this television report about Lara’s film here.

    Read a recent article about Lara’s work on this film here.