Audrey Emerson - Director and Producer 

Astridah with Audrey

Astridah with Audrey

A student at the University of Southern California studying Film Critical Studies, Audrey is interested in how film can be used as a medium for social impact. As a board member to Unite the World With Africa, Audrey learned the complexities of working for change overseas and became driven to use media to create real change. As a high school student at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Audrey was surrounded by the arts and feels strongly about arts education. In theater Audrey’s background began as an actor and then transitioned to stage-management and directing for the theater. In the summer of 2013, she co-founded Camp Kickst(Art), a free arts camp for kids in Rhode Island funded by grants, croudfunding, and corporate sponsorships. Moving on to bigger and better things, she began to dabble in the film industry. Her experience has always been hands on, from the ground up. After working on countless student and independent films, Audrey has always taken an interest in the finance and production side of the business. As an intern at 1984 Private Defense Contractors and later, Devlo Media, she quickly learned more about the producing side and became driven to use to use her skills. Audrey is driven, passionate, and inherently optimistic and is excited about working in film and the non-profit sector.

DIRECTORS STATEMENT:

This is not just another documentary about Africa. The Pamoja Project is part of a movement to change the perception of Africa. While poverty and struggle are widespread in Tanzania, there are local heros doing incredible things to uplift their own communities. It’s time to talk to them, hear what they have to say, and find out how we can support them. We live in a world that is more connected then ever and yet Africa still remains a distant “other.” It’s time to break down those boundaries and uplift each other. We are together. We are pamoja.

- Audrey