About the Director

Ellen BrunoEllen Bruno’s documentary work has focused on issues at the forefront of human rights including Burmese prostitution, Tibetan nuns, health care in Cambodia, and homelessness. Her films have been used extensively in schools and universities, as lobbying tools in the US Congress, and to raise funds for local initiatives and projects overseas.

Ellen’s films have been awarded a Special Jury Award at Sundance Film Festival, Best of Festival at the National Educational Film Festival, Grand Prize at the Oberhausen Film Festival, a student Academy Award and student Emmy, the Edward R. Murrow Award, Best Film for Juvenile Audiences and Best Educational Politics Film at Oberhausen, among many others.

In addition to A Path to Dignity, her films include: House of the Spirit, Requiem, Mamie, No Fairytale, Samsara (Cambodia), Satya: A Prayer for the Enemy (Tibet and India), Blessed, Sacrifice (Burma and Thailand), A Call to Prayer, Leper (Nepal), Sky Burial (Tibet), as well as the collaborations In the Shadow of Buddha, (Ladakh), and Into the Current: Burma’s Political Prisoners (Burma).

Ellen completed a Master’s Degree in documentary film at Stanford University. She is a recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships, a Goldie Award for Outstanding Artist, the Alpert Award for the Arts, and a 2006 Anonymous Was A Woman Award for the Arts.

Ellen serves on the Board of the Buddhist Film Festival, the Pacific Pioneer Fund, and Ethical Traveler.Org, and was an Artist-in-Residence at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She is a strategic planning consultant with the Creative Capital Foundation’s Professional Development Workshops, working throughout the United States to provide artists a cohesive structure to organize, plan and sustain creative careers.