Kalyanee is a filmmaker and lawyer seeking to engage her experiences in human rights and law to create documentaries that are both captivating and inspiring
Kalyanee is currently director, producer, and director of photography for Land/Water/Rain, a film tracing the social and environmental impact of development in Cambodia.
Kalyanee recently served as director of photography, associate producer, and researcher for Inside Job, which was chosen as an Official Selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2010 Telluride Film Festival, the 2010 New York Film Festival, and recently received the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary. She is also director and producer of Between Earth & Sky, a short documentary following the hopes and struggles of four young Iraqi refugees living in Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. It is the first place winner for Best Directing-Short Documentary at the Los Angeles International Film Festival, a recipient of a prize for Artistic Merit from the Montana CINE International Film Festival, and an official selection at the St. Louis International Film Festival.
As a lawyer, Kalyanee has also worked on human rights issues in various countries, including Cambodia, China, South Africa, Mozambique, and Iraq. Kalyanee’s work has included assisting refugees in South Africa, documenting the atrocities committed against women during the Khmer Rouge Regime in Cambodia, and working as a lawyer in Iraq.
Kalyanee and her family escaped war-torn Cambodia in 1979 and eventually fled to the United States as refugees in 1981. She is a graduate of Yale University and UCLA Law School and is currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Yale Visual Law Project.