Aurora Brachman is a documentary filmmaker and artist originally from Phoenix, Arizona.
She received her B.A. in psychology and media studies from Pomona College, during which time she began her documentary practice. She received funding from the Pacific Basin Institute to direct and produce a documentary on the interpersonal effects of climate change on I-Kiribati youth. Kiribati is a low-lying atoll nation that is uniquely vulnerable to climate change; current projections predict the entire country could be submerged in as little as 20 years. Aurora became aware of the gross misrepresentation of Kiribati in international media and dedicated the next several years to studying how to ethically conduct research and produce media on the Pacific Islander experience.
The conclusion of this research led her to a Fulbright Scholarship in Filmmaking. She retured to Kiribati and spent a year living in Kiribati communities and working collaboratively with I-Kiribati people to create a series of portrait documentaries titled, Life Between the Tides. The intention of Life Between the Tides is to be a platform of empowerment and self-representation for Kiribati and to develop respect, empathy, and understanding of I-Kiribati people to ease their transition as they forced to migrate from their country. Life Between the Tides is funded and distributed by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Additionally, Aurora worked for the documentary production company Edgeline Films on the SHOWTIME docuseries Couples Therapy as well as the upcoming documentary feature The Fight.
Aurora is particularly interested in using documentary film as catalyst to amplify the narratives of historically marginaized communities. She is currently exploring new forms of participatory documentary filmmaking that work with these communities to help equip them with the skills and tools to tell their own stories.