Being a teenager isn’t easy, especially for Nayla, a Muslim American girl who wants to join her new high school’s cheer leading squad. By Susana Casares, USA
Susana Casares: Filmmaker, Director, Writer, Producer
Susana Casares is a Spanish filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Before moving to LA, she completed a BA in Translation and Interpreting and a BFA in Fine Arts with a special focus in Video Art and Photography. In 2012 she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, having received a scholarship from La Caixa Foundation.
Winner of the Emmy’s Foundation prestigious College Television Award in Drama, her narrative and documentary work has been shown in festivals and art institutions around the world. Susana received both the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Award and the Mary Pickford Award for two consecutive years, as well as the support of institutions such as the Tribeca Film Institute and IDFA. She is a Berlinale Talent Campus participant, a Telluride FilmLab fellow and a Film Independent fellow. Susana has just been showcased in Variety’s Cannes edition as one of the 10 Spanish talents on the rise.
Before moving to Los Angeles, she was Head of Production at Docs Barcelona Pitching Forum and she taught Art History at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She currently teaches Film Production at the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA.