Alex H. Rafi is a St. Louis based documentary filmmaker and educator. Hailing from Miami, FL, he earned his BA in Communication and Cinema Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. After teaching English for three years in the small city of Homestead, FL, he enrolled in Stanford’s MFA in Documentary Film to focus on creating works with utility as teaching tools, as archives of significant people and events in communities, and as films that encourage understanding and empathy.
As a voracious consumer of history, religion, pop culture, the performing arts, and entertainment, he often looks to document individual and community devotions within those contexts and their effects on devotees. He is also invested in foregrounding the stories of people of color, millennials, and Gen Z as a result of his personal experiences, those of former and current colleagues, and those of his current and former students.
He is currently an Assistant Professor of Media Production in the Department of Communication at Saint Louis University.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS:
UFVA Graduate Student Fellowship, 2020