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About Laura

Meet the Principal

Laura Waters Hinson is the founder of Image Bearer Pictures, an award-winning documentary production company in Washington, DC.  Her first feature documentary, As We Forgive, about Rwanda’s reconciliation movement, won the 2008 student Academy Award for best documentary, as well as the Audience Award at the National Geographic All Roads Film Festival and the Cinema for Peace award in Berlin.  The film made its broadcast premiere on PBS stations in the US and was presented at universities, government, civic and religious institutions nationwide, as well as at the US Congress and the United Nations. Laura is the recipient of a John Templeton Foundation grant that enabled her to co-found the As We Forgive Rwanda Initiative, a Rwandan-led educational non-profit organization aimed at harnessing the power of film to promote healing after genocide.  The program has since reached more than 100,000 Rwandans with its film and discussion program.

She has just completed production on Many Beautiful Things, a film about the life of artist Lilias Trotter, which premiered England at the Manchester International Film Festival and in the US at the Heartland Film Fest in 2015.  She is also in post-production on a short documentary called Mama Rwanda, about the new generation of women entrepreneurs in post-genocide Rwanda helping to transform their nation into one of the top ten fastest growing economies in the world.  In 2014, Laura released Dog Days, a feature documentary about the American Dream set within the underworld of street vending in DC, which won Best Documentary at the IndieCapitol Awards.  Laura received a MFA in filmmaking from American University, a BA in Political Science and Communication from Furman University, and has worked in the past as a Creative Arts Director, as a development coordinator for the Discovery Health Channel, and as a research assistant for MSNBC host Chris Matthews.

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