Lara Aqel

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Originally from Jordan, Lara studied film in the Czech Republic and Australia, then moved to the US, where she made a name for herself in New York’s competitive film scene. Looking for a change of pace, she discovered Atlanta’s richly diverse art community, where she currently resides with her husband and two cats. Lara specializes in creating imagery that is grounded in a sense of place and rooted in emotions that resonate universally. As an Arab-American filmmaker who has lived in a variety of diverse cultures, she uses her outsider perspective and experience as the perpetual “new kid” to inform her skills as a photographic observer and filmmaker. 

Lara’s work has been showcased around the world, earning top awards at the Brooklyn Film Festival, the Lower East Side Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, and Madrid International Film Festival. In 2021, her branded work  for Facebook, “Black Makes a Way,” won a Cannes Lion. Additionally, her work as a Director of Photography has earned her many accolades, including an award for Best Cinematography at Las Cruces International Film Festival. Most recently, she shot the film Pozole, which was named Best Narrative Short at Cinequest. Lara’s diverse body of commercial work has represented brands such as HBO, Comedy Central, Covergirl, Google, Ford, Facebook, JP Morgan Chase, and Teen Vogue.

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