Rebecca Richman Cohen

Rebecca Richman Cohen

Rebecca Richman Cohen is an award-winning filmmaker and a law school graduate with experience in international human rights and criminal defense.  In law school she interned as an investigator at the Bronx Defenders and continued to do investigative work at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, working on a legal defense team for Alex Tamba Brima in the AFRC-accused case.  Five months after leaving the Brima defense team, she returned to Sierra Leone to begin production on WAR DON DON, a film which profiles the trial of a leader of a separate warring faction.  WAR DON DON (HBO Documentary Films) won the Special Jury Prize at SXSW Film Festival, the Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Editing at IFFBoston, and the Cinereach Award for excellence in vital, artful storytelling at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York.  In 2010 Rebecca was profiled in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces in Independent Film as an “up-and-comer poised to shape the next generation of independent film.”  Between trips to Sierra Leone, she has been adjunct faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where she taught an undergraduate seminar entitled “Human Rights, Mass Atrocity, and Documentary Film” and at American University’s Human Rights Institute where she taught “Criminal Justice Stories in Film.”  Rebecca graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and with a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.  She is also an alumna of the CPB/PBS Producers Academy of the IFP Independent Filmmaker Lab.