Sedika Mojadidi

Award winning, Independent filmmaker and producer, Sedika Mojadidi directed the ITVS and Sundance funded feature documentary, Facing the Dragon (2018), which follows the lives of two extraordinary Afghan women as they are forced to choose between their family and their country. In 2018, the film won the Human Rights Watch Nestor Almendros Courage in filmmaking award and the Savannah Film Festival’s Jury Award for Unheard Voices. Her first film, Motherland Afghanistan (2006), followed her father’s struggle to make a difference in the maternal mortality epidemic gripping Afghanistan in 2003 and aired on the Independent Lens and Global Voices Documentary Series. Motherland, Afghanistan screened nationally and internationally at numerous festivals. Sedika has worked as a supervising producer on the critically acclaimed ABC documentary series, Boston Med and as a producer and camera woman on many television projects for the A&E Network, The Discovery Channel, Guardian Multimedia, TLC Network and the Food Network. Her writing was published in an anthology of Afghan American writing, One Story, Thirty Stories, winner of the 2012 Independent Book Publishers Silver Award for Best Anthology. Sedika was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and grew up in the United States. She has a MA in Film Theory from the University of Florida and an MFA in Video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.