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Kadri Koop

Kadri Koop

Documentary Film and Video


Kadri Koop is an Estonian filmmaker, cinematographer and editor based in the Bay Area. She has spent all of her independent life studying and working in various parts of Europe and Asia from Amsterdam to Singapore. Her work experience extends from her native Tallinn to Beijing, London and Havana. She thrives in foreign production climates and has producing experience in Estonian, English, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Having worked in TV-commercials, narrative film and independently as a documentary filmmaker, she mixes various modes of storytelling. Kadri is drawn to character-driven stories depicting the lives of ordinary people with extraordinary paths. Her short films deal with an array of characters: from a gravestone maker in the Bay Area to a community of Latin American artists in San Francisco and from a crossing guard in Silicon Valley to an ex-Black Power militant living as a fugitive in Cuba.

Her films have screened at film festivals from the US to the Middle East, and her work has been featured in various online publications including AJ+ Español, The Atlantic Editor’s Pick Series and Rompeviento TV.


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JUNE, 2016
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Four decades after hijacking a plane to Cuba to avoid charges of killing a state trooper, a former black power militant reflects on his past in a letter to his nine-year-old Cuban son.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival, 2017-2018
New Orleans Film Festival, 2017
NoBudget screening, NYC, 2017
Kew Gardens Film Festival, Queens, NYC, 2017
NewFilmMakers Los Angeles, 2017
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Montana, 2017
Festival de Cine Alternativo y Comunitario "La Imagen de los Pueblos," Ecuador 2016

The Crossing 

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JUNE, 2015
KQED Film School Shorts interview

Combating one of the highest teen suicide rates of the country, a man working as a crossing guard in a wealthy Silicon Valley town reflects on his experience.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

SF DocFest, 2016
Cheap Cuts, UK, 2016
HotDocs Doc Shop & Doc Shop Online, Canada, 2016
Cannes Shorts Corner, France, 2016
Visions du Réel Doc Outlook International Market Media Library, Switzerland, 2016
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2016
Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2016
Stranger Stories: Documentaries by Stanford Students, Cantor Arts Center, 2015

I am Ayotzinapa (Yo soy Ayotzinapa) 

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Co-directed by Daniel Chávez Ontiveros
MARCH, 2015
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Three Latin American artists collaborate on an exhibition to raise awareness of 43 missing Mexican students.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Oakland International Film Festival, Oakland, CA, 2017
Mira III - Festival de cine Latinoamericano Independiente, Germany, 2016
Monterrey International Film Festival, Mexico, 2016
Mexican Embassy in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, 2016
Festival de la Memoria, Documental Iberoamericano, Mexico, 2016
Artes Visuales Guanajuato, Escuela de Cine, Mexico, 2016
Centro Cultural José Martí, Mexico, 2016
Centro Académico Cultural Unam Campus Juriquilla, Mexico, 2016
Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola, Mexico, 2016
Cinematógrafo del Chopo, Mexico, 2016
Facultad de Estudios Superiores acatlán, Mexico, 2016
Facultad de Estudios Superiores Cuautitlán Campo Cuatro, Mexico, 2016
Cinemateca Luis Buñuel (Casa de la Cultura), Mexico, 2016
Universidad de Guadalajara. Centro Universitario de Arte, Arquitectura y Diseño Cuaad. video sala "David Lapine" del Departamento de Imagen y Sonido dis, Mexico, 2016
Facultad de Artes y Diseño. fad. Alfabeto Abierto, Mexico, 2016
Universidad Autónoma de Campeche, Mexico, 2016
Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico, 2016
Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales, Mexico, 2016
Original Narrative Student Short Film Festival, Dubai, 2016
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Missoula, 2016
Filmmakers to School Program at Big Sky, Missoula, 2016
Kinoki Film Festival, Mexico, 2016
Cinequest, San Jose, 2016
Morelia Film Festival (FICM), Mexico, 2015
Big Latino Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2015
University of New Hapshire College of Arts community screening, 2015
Middlebury College Spanish School film series, 2015
Onecinema, San Francisco, 2015

The Atlantic Editor's Pick Series, 2015



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A third-generation gravestone magnate reflects on memorializing one's legacy.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

"Night at the Museum", Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, 2016
Long Beach Indie International Film Festival, 2015
Manchester Film Festival, UK, 2015 
San Francisco DOC Fest, 2015



June 11, 2016

Free and open to the public.

Cubberley Auditorium
June 11, 2015

free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium
March 17, 2015

free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium
December 9, 2014

Free and open to the public.

Annenberg Auditorium

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