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Alexandra Shiva


Co-director, One South: Portrait of a Psych Unit

Alexandra Shiva is an award-winning filmmaker known for crafting intimate character-driven cinema verité documentaries. Her previous film, Each and Every Day, about youth mental health, premiered on MTV in 2021. In 2018, Alexandra released This Is Home, a portrait of four Syrian refugee families arriving in Baltimore, Maryland, and struggling to find their footing. It won the Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival and a Columbia-duPont award. She produced and directed How to Dance in Ohio, which follows a group of autistic teenagers preparing for an iconic American rite of passage — a Spring Formal. The Peabody Award-winning film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015 and aired on HBO to great critical acclaim. A musical adaptation of How to Dance in Ohio opened on Broadway in 2023. Alexandra’s other film credits include Stagedoor and her directorial debut, Bombay Eunuch. Her most recent project, One South: Portrait of a Psych Unit, is about an inpatient program specializing in treating college students and will premiere on HBO in the summer of 2024. Alexandra is an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science member and the Director’s Guild of America. She is a graduate of Vassar College.