Helene Klodawsky is a veteran independent filmmaker – a passionate storyteller committed to portraying political and social struggles, as well as to exploring the documentary art form. Helene is known for poignant, daring films. Painted Landscapes of the Times (1986), Shoot and Cry (1988),Motherland (1994), What If (1998),Undying Love (2002), No More Tears Sister (2005), Family Motel (2007), Malls R Us (2009) and Come Worry with Us (2013) are among her best known films.
Her cinema verite feature Grassrooots in Dry Lands was released in 2015. The film takes us into low income, “off the radar” Middle East neighbourhoods, where human rights trained community organizers strive to transform despair into hope – one family and community at a time.
Helene’s work, spanning over thirty years, is screened, discussed and televised around the world in venues as diverse as New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Kenyan refugee camps. It has received awards and nominations from the Academy of Canadian Cinema, Hot Docs, Les Rendez-vous du Cinema Quebecois, the Jerusalem International Film Festival, and the San Francisco International Film Festival, to name a few.
Helene is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Reviews and articles about Helene’s work have appeared in many periodicals, including The Globe and Mail, National Post, New York Times, Art Forum, Variety, Newsweek International, Hollywood Reporter, La Presse, Nouvelle Observateur, The Independent, BBC News Service, Hindu Times, Asian Tribune, Art In America, and Chatelaine. She is a member of Doc Organization, the Writer’s Guild of Canada, Réalisatrices Équitables, and the Director’s Guild of Canada.