Daresha Kyi

Daresha writes, produces, and directs film and television in Spanish and English. Currently she is in post-production on Mama Bears, a feature documentary about how conservative, Christian mothers are transformed when they decide to accept their LGBTQ children. In 2018 she directed Texas Strong which garnered over 3 million views online, screened at SXSW, won two Webby Awards and an Emmy for “Outstanding Short Documentary.”  In 2017 she co-directed Chavela, a multiple award-winning documentary about iconic singer Chavela Vargas which premiered at the Berlinale and was distributed  theatrically in the US and in over 40 countries.  

Currently a Chicken & Egg and Creative Capital fellow, this former Firelight Documentary Lab fellow has produced programming for FX, WE, AMC, Telemundo, and FUSE, among others.


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