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Peter Jordan

Peter Jordan

Documentary Film and Video


Peter Jordan is an award winning filmmaker and the founder of Localfilms, a grassroots production company that partners with international humanitarian organizations to empower communities through film. His films explore pressing human rights concerns from the perspectives of children around the world. He also teaches children how to make their own films, using plastic video cameras and a solar powered computer. He has directed film projects in Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Brazil, Ecuador, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Singapore and Mexico. His partners have included international relief organizations like Save the Children as well as many local grassroots efforts.


Peter Marino Production Scholarship, National Academy of Television Northern California Chapter, 2007

The First Kid to Learn English from Mexico 

hd video
JUNE, 2008
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The story of 9-year-old Pedro's reluctant journey through elementary school portrays the magic, the nightmare and mystery, the isolation and odd friendships, the trouble and anger, and the glimmers of hope of the childhood spent chasing the American dream.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

IDA/David L. Wolper Student Documentary Achievement Award, 2009
Jury Nomination for Best Short Film, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, 2008
Best Short Documentary Award, Artistic Vision, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2009
Best Documentary Short, Arizona International Film Festival, 2009
Cine Golden Eagle Award, 2009
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2013
Doxita Season 3: Life is a Progress, 2010
United Nations Association Film Festival, 2010
Silverdocs AFI Documentary Festival, 2009
Slamdance Film Festival, 2009
True/False Film Festival, 2009

The Champ 

16mm color film
JUNE, 2007
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After getting into one too many fights at school, 17-year-old Fatima finds the one place where she can punch people as hard as she wants and nobody will complain -- the boxing ring. This is the story of Fatima and her coach Johnnie, who shows her that being a fighter is not just about boxing, it's about life.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Aspen Shorts Fest, 2008
Silverdocs AFI / Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, 2008
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2009
Mountainfilm in Telluride, 2008
National Geographic Society, 2008
United Nations Association Film Festival, 2007

Left In Baghdad 

digital video
Co-directed by John Kane
MARCH, 2007
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After being discharged from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a happy-go-lucky American soldier returns with his wife and daughter to their home in Kentucky. Left in Baghdad is an alternately tragic and comic portrait of a family man on the first day of the rest of his life, which he must live without his left arm.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Best Student Documentary, Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, 2007
National Finalist, Student Academy Awards, 2007
National PBS Broadcast on Independent Lens, 2008
Cine Golden Eagle Award, 2008
Semi-finalist, Angelus Student Film Festival, 2007
Finalist, NextFrame, 2007
Docpoint, Finland 2009
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2008
Silverdocs AFI / Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, 2008
Aspen Shorts Fest, 2008
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2008
Durango Independent Film Festival, 2008
Dam Short Film Festival, 2008
Jihlava International Documentary Festival, Czech Republic, 2008
International Student Film Festival, Tel Aviv, 2008
Best of Rooftop Films, 2008
San Francisco International Festival of Short Films, 2007
Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, 2007
Mill Valley Film Festival, 2007

My Name is Khazhar 

16mm black and white film
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A little girl uses make-believe to embellish life in America, after her family flees persecution in Russia.



June 14, 2008

Free and open to the public

June 12, 2007

free and open to the public

March 20, 2007

Free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium
December 12, 2006

Free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium