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Anita Doron

Filmmaker, Avalanche Films + Mashina Arts

Fellows Class:
Anita Doron

Professional Role

Current Titles:

filmmaker, writer, general fool

Current Organizations:

Markham Street Films, Evanstone Films, Mindseye Entertainment, CCI Enterianment, TED, First Generation Films, the National Film Board of Canada, Mashina Arts, TEDx Belo Horizonte


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Europa, East Trailer

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Talk Derby To Me

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The Lesser Blessed Official Trailer

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Europa, East
03/01/2012 – 03/01/2012
The project started as a guerrilla feature film (which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam) and will eventually become a virtual cultural centre for Romany history, arts and humanity, striving to counter the oppressive actions (and inactions) taken against the Roma population by Eastern Europe's extreme right wing.


Anita Doron was born in Transcarpathia, a little known land of nomadic ghosts, barley mush and apricot brandy. She was one of the youngest published poets in the former USSR and grew up in a family of high altitude mountaineers. At 12, Anita’s first film - an environmental protest piece - raised the ire of Soviet bureaucracy and set her on a path to cinema. Anita’s films have been exhibited at the Toronto International Film Festival, South By South West, The Future of Cinema Salon at Cannes and at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Her latest feature film, The Lesser Blessed, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and in 2013 received a Canadian Screen Awards nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. (She lost to Salman Rushdie). Anita is attached to direct “Sailor Girl" for Markham Street Films and Mikveh for Evanstone Films. She is in development on a film based on the award-winning novel, “Thunder Over Kandahar", about two young girls on the run across Afghanistan. Anita and her partner Adam Huggins moved across India, the Middle East and Brazil, where they organize a TEDx conference. After over 2 years of nomadic bliss, they currently reside on Wolfe Island, Canada.

Fun facts

Favorite meal:
Anything invented, improvised and preferably cooked on a campfire, in the company of close friends and family.

A funny story about me:
When I was 15, I was almost sold into marriage for 200 sheep in remote Uzbekistan. If I were sold, I’d be living in the mountains of Tian Shain. I’d be making cheese and knitting wool sweaters. I’d be reading a lot of Russian literature and riding a dirt bike. But my father didn’t know how to fit 200 sheep in the airplane. Now I live all over the world with my husband Adam and our little son Tian. Sometimes we eat cheese and I don’t like wool sweaters. We make films, tell stories and we once rode a Yamaha RX135 in North-West India but it broke down after a while.