Samara is the curator of VR:RV, a German:Canadian Exchange in Virtual Reality by the Goethe-Institut. She is a documentary filmmaker, programmer, and scholar who has spent over 15 years working in the field of non-fiction in Germany, Denmark, Vanuatu, Brazil, Italy, the US and Canada. She has a PhD in Cultural Studies, and has programmed films and conferences for HotDocs in Toronto, the 2ANNAS Film Festival in Rīga, the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro (MAM), and the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art / 7th Berlin Biennale. In 2015-2016 she curated the Market, Conference, Talent Lab and Kino VR programmes of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM). Since 2017, she is Senior Programmer for the Points North Institute and the Camden International Film Festival. Her first feature documentary, 1999, produced by Parabola Films (Canada), Beauvoir Films (Switzerland) and the National Film Board of Canada premiered in April 2018 at Visions du réel in Switzerland, and at the HotDocs International Documentary Film Festival in Canada.
Curator / Senior Programmer