Emily Cohen Ibañez

Emily Cohen Ibañez is a Colombian-American filmmaker who earned her doctorate in Anthropology (2011) with a certificate in Culture and Media at New York University. Her film work pairs lyricism with social activism, advocating for labor, environmental, and health justice. Her debut feature documentary BODIES AT WAR/MINA (2015) premiered at El Festival de Cine de Bogotá where it was nominated for a UNICEF award. Her short films premiered at Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, Society for Visual Anthropology, and the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco. The National Science Foundation, Fulbright, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, BAVC National Media Maker, JustFilms Ford Foundation, California Humanities, and SFFILM FilmHouse Residency Program amongst others have supported her work.


Fruits of Labor

Program Affiliation

Documentary Lab
Impact Campaign Fund

Cohort Year

2019-2021 (Documentary Lab)
2021 (Impact Campaign Fund)



Social Media


Documentary Lab
Impact Campaign Fund

Other Filmakers

Join us Friday, January 28 at 4pm ET for a special edition of our Beyond Resilience series at Sundance Film Festival: "Collaborating with Documentary Protagonists." RSVP to attend.

Times X icon