Spotlight: Emerging Filmmakers for Social Change


Filmmaker: Sara Silkin

Film: "The Night of Broken Lights"

About the Film: Centering on the recent Charlottesville rally, a light is cast on racism in the United States. 

About the Filmmaker: Sara Silkin graduated with an MFA from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Film and Television Production program in May of 2017.

She is an independent contractor at the VR production company WITHIN and is currently developing a short film.


Filmmaker: Miriam Arghandiwal

Film: Girl in the Icebox

About the film: A young artist rebels against her oppressive society with her anonymous graffiti murals and quickly learns the price of having a voice. 

About the filmmaker: Miriam Arghandiwal is currently studying in USC's School of Cinematic Art's Film and Television Production program. She was a former war-journalist in Afghanistan turned filmmaker, and her career goal is to write for Television. Her films take a journalistic approach to telling social issue stories. She changed her career from a journalist to a filmmaker with the belief that film has the strongest potential of all mediums to create empathy in society and influence real change in the mindset of it's audience. 


Filmmaker: Osahon Tongo

Film: Happy Bird

About the film: Two high school seniors attempt to heal their friendship and deeper issues are revealed. 

About the filmmaker: Osahon is a recent graduate of USC's production program's writing track. Since graduating Osahon was selected for Ryan Murphy's directing fellowship. He has created an art installation with Jesse Williams and Hank Willis Thomas that is now in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.. He is currently writing a screenplay for a feature film. Osahon believes making media for social change is important because we have the power to be architects for future generations with our art.