Leslie Asako Gladsjo


Leslie Asako Gladsjo, Filmmaker

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Thesis: Directing

Leslie Asako Gladsjo is a director, producer, and writer of documentaries that have won Emmy, Peabody, Columbia-DuPont, and NAACP Image Awards. Recently, she has made television programs and series for CNN, Discovery, and PBS, including two landmark mini-series on African American history hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: ‘Black America since MLK: And Still I Rise,’ about the black freedom struggle since the end of the civil rights movement, and ‘The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,’ an epic journey through five centuries of black history. Formerly based in Paris, Gladsjo has directed and written numerous documentaries for European broadcasters including Arte, France 2, France 5, Canal Plus, BBC, RTBF, and others on social, political, and cultural topics ranging from immigration, religious practices, and prostitution to machine art and African hip hop. She has worked in over thirty countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. 


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2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship
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2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship

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March Weekend Camera & Sound Workshops
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March Weekend Camera & Sound Workshops

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