CDS Courses Coordinator
Rahi Hasan (they/them) is a formerly undocumented dancer, cultural organizer, educator, impact strategist, and multimedia artist experimenting with ways to challenge power on all fronts to create space for healing and radical imagination. They immigrated to Queens, New York, from Dhaka, Bangladesh and lived in NYC for 14 years before moving to Durham, NC. Rahi completed their BA/MA in Philosophy of Law from Queens College prior to completing their Certificate in Documentary Arts from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Rahi’s work spans autobiography, collaborative/participatory social documentary, experimental video, installation, reflective/theoretical discourse, and text-based approaches.
Rahi is currently the Program Coordinator of the Documentary Arts Continuing Education Program at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University working with a dreamy BIPOC creative team to build a program that recognizes 1) Documentary is inherently a colonial art form, and 2) that as such, the form needs to be reimagined through an abolitionist lens centering the ethos of power-analysis, positionality, and accountability every step of the way, beginning with education. As a Strategic Advisor for International Initiatives at Dhaka Doc Lab, Rahi is committed to supporting South Asian filmmakers in getting access to every tool they need to speak truth to power. Rahi co-founded the Undocumented Filmmakers Collective along with Set Hernandez Rongkillio in 2018, which has grown to become a paradise of UndocuMagic, safety, love, creativity, dreams, and joy for Undocumented Filmmakers from across the country.
Rahi was a Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow and BRIC Media Share grantee. Rahi is a Firelight Impact Producer Fellow alumni and has offered master classes on Impact Producing to various BIPOC communities. They are the co-founder of Art Asylum and on the board of Migrant Roots Media. Rahi is also involved with various culture shift efforts in the Documentary field as a thought leader and impact strategist.
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