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Elivia Shaw

Elivia Shaw

Documentary Film and Video
B.A., Individualized - Visualizing the Postcolonial Middle East, New York University


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.


Jun 2017
Mar 2017
Dec 2016


June 15, 2017

Free and open to the public

Cubberley Auditorium
March 21, 2017
Cubberley Auditorium
December 13, 2016

Free and open to the public

Cubberley Auditorium


February 20, 2018 to March 2, 2018
McMurtry Building; Gunn Foyer and Miller Discussion Space
January 17, 2017 to January 24, 2017
McMurtry Building

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