Festival Year: 2023

Rachel Lears

Roles: Director

Rachel Lears is a documentary director, producer and cinematographer based in Brooklyn, NY. Rachel’s last feature documentary, Knock Down the House (Netflix), follows four women who ran insurgent congressional campaigns in 2018, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cori Bush. The film won the US Documentary Audience Award and the Festival Favorite award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, was shortlisted for an Oscar and nominated for an Emmy in 2020. Her previous feature, The Hand That Feeds (co-directed with Robin Blotnick; PBS), won numerous festival awards and was nominated for an Emmy in 2017. Rachel received the IDA Emerging Filmmaker Award in 2019, and also holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from NYU.


2023 Program(s):

Closing Night Event: To The End

The Forum: Accountability in Environmental Film


Festival Year: 2023


To The End

(US, 2022, 94min)
Director: Rachel Lears