Kasha Sequoia Slavner is a Gen-Z, multi-award-winning first-time documentary filmmaker who comes to the profession as a seasoned photographer, entrepreneur and social justice advocate for over a decade. She was only 16 years old when she set out across the world for six months to make The Sunrise Storyteller and completed it upon returning to high school.
Using her passion for visual storytelling to make the world a better place, she was selected as the recipient of the very first Kim Phuc Youth Award for Peace . In addition, Kasha was selected for the class of 2017 Global Teen Leaders by legendary music producer Nile Rodgers’ We Are Family Foundation & TEDxTeen and was also selected into the inaugural cohort of the We Global Learning Centre's new social entrepreneurship program. In 2018 she was chosen by Yunus & Youth as one of their Fellows and in 2019 selected by Global Changemakers to join their cohort. Most recently this committed changemaker became a Diana Award Holder, for sustaining positive social change in the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales. She is a 7x UN Youth Delegate with The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and the Ontario Regional Advisor for the newly formed Canadian Council of Young Feminists and is an accredited expert for the Women's Media Center.
The Sunrise Storyteller is the young filmmaker’s first feature-length documentary, which she directed, filmed, scripted and edited. Since it’s release in 2017 it has screened at 55+ festivals and won 28 awards, including the Ron Kovic Peace Prize for the segment on Vietnam napalm survivor Kim Phuc as well as the Eva Haller, Women Transforming Media Award.
Project producer, supermom
Marla is a woman of many interests and talents. Her passion and commitment to caring & making the world a better place has seen her participation at the community, government & board levels advocating for youth, education, environment, arts & literacy, access to justice, elimination of violence against women & girls, human rights issues. She is an entrepreneur with unbridled catalyst energy & creative vision and was the founding director of the International Children’s Art Foundation, which was recognized as an official NGO under the World Decade for Cultural Development by UNESCO. She has served as a United Nations delegate for the past seven years at The Commission on the Status of Women with the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.
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