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Alex H. Rafi, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Media Production
Department of Communication

Courses Taught

Digital Storytelling; Documentary Production; Introduction to Film and Media: Form and Context; Media Lab; Video Production and Design


M.F.A. In Documentary Film and Video, Stanford University

Research Interests

  • Documentary Ethics
  • Reflexivity in Documentary
  • Poetic Documentary
  • Independent Art Cinema
  • Fiction/Nonfiction Hybridity
  • Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in Film and Media
  • Urban Ethnography

Publications and Media Placements

IDA Member Spotlight - August 2021

Film Screenings and Presentations

a door away (2021)

AtomaCon Short Film Festival 2023

PensaCon Short Film Festival 2023

Con Nooga Film Festival 2023

Fayetteville Film Festival 2022

Chroma International Film Festival 2022

“Black Space & Time: Reflecting on Black World Building”

Oakland Museum of California

AfroComicCon International Film Festival 2021

Cosplay and Movies 2021

Gary International Black Film Festival 2021

BlackStar Film Festival 2021

Brooklyn Film Festival 2021


On Task (2020)

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Encore - Best of the Fest 2021

Bay Area Short Films Festival 2021

St. Louis International Film Festival 2020

New Orleans Film Festival 2020

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival 2020

San Francisco Documentary Film Festival 2020

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival 2020

Honors and Awards

  • Best Documentary - PensaCon Short Film Festival 2023
  • Best Documentary - Con Nooga Film Festival 2023
  • Best Documentary - AfroComicCon International Film Festival 2021

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • International Documentary Association
  • University Film and Video Association
  • Video Consortium
  • The D-Word
  • Society for Film and Media Studies