Sasha Friedlander is an award-winning documentary director and editor based in Northern California. She co-directed (with Cynthia Wade) and edited her most recent film, GRIT, which had its world premiere at Hot Docs 2018. Sasha’s first feature documentary, WHERE HEAVEN MEETS HELL, which she directed, produced, shot and edited, won numerous prizes including Best Feature Documentary Film at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival and Special Mention for Outstanding Cinematography at the LAAPFF. At the One World International Human Rights Film Festival in Prague, the Václav Havel Jury gave a Special Mention Award to Where Heaven Meets Hell for its “exceptional contribution to the defense of human rights.” The Alliance of Women Film Journalists awarded Sasha an EDA Award for Documentary Artistry in March 2013. This ITVS-funded film aired on PBS in 2013. Sasha has lived and worked in Indonesia, is fluent in Indonesian and worked as a journalist there for several years. Sasha holds a BA from UCLA and an MFA in Social Documentary Film from the School of Visual Arts.