The Atlanta Film Festival is pleased to congratulate writer/director Eimi Imanishi, with her feature film Doha – The Rising Sun, and Suzanne Andrews Correa, who wrote The Huntress, as they have been selected for Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Labs, Class of 2018.
Eimi Imanishi is a U.S. born Japanese citizen who was raised in France. Her short films, Battalion to My Beat (2016) is set in the Western Saharan refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria, and One Up (2017), a Columbia University thesis short film written and produced by Julia Thompson were official selections of the Atlanta Film Festival. Doha – The Rising Sun—Disheartened by her deportation from Europe, Mariam is forced to return home to Western Sahara. Adrift in the very place that once was her home, she searches for the means to assert agency over her own life.
Suzanne Andrews Correa is as a Mexican-American screenwriter and director and a recent MFA graduate of the Film Program at Columbia University. She made her rounds in the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition with the screenplay, The Huntress. The Huntress — In Juarez, Mexico, where violence against women goes unnoticed and unpunished, an unlikely heroine emerges to seek justice.