Aria Swarr is passionate about creating artful nonfiction media that cultivates imagination and builds dialog. She has worked in the Middle East, southern Africa and the U.S. to capture stories featuring subjects such as fishermen on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and time-traveling donkeys. Her first short documentary about the sex industry in Israel was selected for screening at the Israeli Parliament. She has a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies from Wheaton College where she combined sociology, communication and English to study how stories can motivate social action. Aria is a 2016 recipient of the Harvey Fellowship through the Mustard Seed Foundation and is currently pursuing an MFA in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University.