Irene Herrera is a Venezuelan photographer, documentary filmmaker and video journalist. Among her documentary works as producer, cinematographer and director are Kodo wa Awaseba (Gran Prix Expo Aichi Film Festival); Gaijin no Honne (2004); You Can Call Me Nikkie (2008); Women in Refugee: Stories from a Border (2009), Crossing Hispaniola (2010); Spirits to Enlightenment(2012) and Some Bunny Loves Me (2013).
Irene is an active collaborator of The Global Lives Project and was the lead producer on the Lebanon and Japan chapter. In 2008 she was a fellow at the Flaherty Film Seminar and in 2009 as a Resident Professional at the Knight Center for International Media she was Executive Producer for a community based participatory project titled Vwa Fanm which aimed to teach Haitian migrant and their stateless children how to use camera and audio to tell their own stories. Most recently she began producing conscious programming for INTI TV (Ecuador).
Irene’s films have been broadcast on Link TV and shown at numerous festivals, universities, museums and art centers in the U.S. and abroad including the Asian American International Film Festival; the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival; DOCUTAH; the United Nations Association Film Festival; the Boston Latino International Film Festival; the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival; DocMiami; and HOT DOCS, among others.
Her films often explore issues of gender, statelessness, refugees, and mobility. She also teaches documentary filmmaking at Temple University Japan Campus in Tokyo. As a neo-nomadic third culture kid, her love for traveling and storytelling have taken her to over 55 countries where she has learned 5 languages. At heart she aspires to be a true yogi.