Elivia is a filmmaker from Washington, DC. She has been working in non-fiction film and television since 2010, including projects for National Geographic, Hulu, HBO, and Al Jazeera English.
After creating an individualized major as an undergraduate at New York University that explored narrative and visual art forms from across the Middle East, Elivia found that documentary film offered a unique platform to employ the intimacy of personal narrative with the hard evidence of history and journalism. Her undergraduate studies pushed her to consider the consequences of colonialism on identity around the world, fueling her desire to tell stories that offer a unique perspective or alternative viewpoint on a global issue or piece of history.
Past projects include a group of pond hockey enthusiasts dealing with the climate-fueled demise of their beloved sport, a Senegalese chef fighting to elevate African cuisine on the global stage, and more recently, the story of a family of Syrian refugees skirting European authorities to start a new life in Berlin.