By Way of Canarsie



After years of neglect by the City of New York and the devastation of Hurricane Sandy – the coastal community of Canarsie, Brooklyn wants more. Using a variety of formats, this experimental series of vignettes explores Canarsie’s unique relationship to the water through recreation, resiliency, and the community’s imagination for the future.

Co-directed with Lesley Steele and Produced by Shirin Ghaffary. Made in the UnionDocs 2019 Collaborative Studio

See it on PBS, Criterion Channel or Argo

Featured in the inaugural collection by Dedza Films “Who Will Start Another Fire” covered by Filmmaker Magazine, IDA, the Brooklyn Reader, and as a part of Dedza’s “Scrapbook”. Check Dedza’s website for online and in-person screenings and streaming.


Urbanworld Film Festival 2023

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) 2023

Bay Ridge Through an Ecological Lens at Alpine Theater 2023

Soho House Chicago, Ludlow, Meatpacking, and LA 2023

Northwestern University’s “Shoreline Film Series” 2022

Third Horizons Film Festival 2021

World Premiere at Blackstar Film Festival 2020 covered by Tinsel & Tine

NYC Premiere at DocNYC 2020

Midwestern Premiere at Better Cities Festival 2020

Minnesota Premiere at Twin Cities Black Film Festival 2020

Prismatic Ground 2021

Public preview 2019 covered by the Canarsie Courier

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