Raising AniyaDirected by John Fiege
Raising Aniya tells the story of Aniya Wingate, a 16-year-old dancer, who sets out on a creative journey to choreograph and produce a performance in response to the destruction of Hurricane Harvey and the legacy of environmental pollution in her Houston neighborhood. The film is a coming-of-age story that combines cinematically filmed dance sequences with observational cinematography of a young artist striving to make sense of her world.
John Fiege is a director, cinematographer, and photographer whose latest feature documentary, Above All Else, premiered at SXSW, with an international premiere at Hot Docs, and won awards at other festivals. His first feature documentary, Mississippi Chicken, was nominated for a Gotham Award. He photographed the Sundance documentary selection, No No: A Dockumentary. He has received numerous fellowships and grants, including from The Redford Center, Princess Grace Foundation, Austin Film Society, University of Texas, Kodak, and Smithsonian Institution. He holds graduate degrees in geography and film and lectures in the film school at the University of Texas at Austin.