Samara is a documentary filmmaker, programmer, and scholar who spent over 15 years working in the field of non-fiction in Germany, Denmark, Vanuatu, Brazil, Italy, the US and Canada. She has a PhD in Cultural Studies and has programmed films and conferences for HotDocs in Toronto, the 2ANNAS Film Festival in Riga, the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro (MAM), and the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art / 7th Berlin Biennale in Berlin. In 2015-2016 she curated the Market, Conference, Talent Lab and Kino VR programmes of the Montréal International Documentary Festival (RIDM). Since 2017, she is a Senior Programmer for the Points North Institute and the Camden International Film Festival, and is in post-production on her first feature documentary with Parabola Films (Canada), Beauvoir Films (Switzerland) and the National Film Board of Canada. Samara is Project Lead on VR:RV, a German/Canadian Exchange in Virtual Reality, a partnership between the Goethe-Institut Montréal and MUTEK_IMG (among many others).