WNY Filmmaker Spotlight – Community Storytelling with Akram Shibly

What are the responsibilities of community storytelling for nonfiction content creators?

Join SPARK Filmmakers Collaborative and award-winning filmmaker Akram Shibly in conversation as we bring context to the importance of accountability, power and positionality, and community care.

Join us for an inspiring event featuring Akram Shibly whose award-winning work focuses on family, resilience, and the global stories of marginalized communities.

Discover the unique power of personal connections in documentary storytelling.

Be part of an engaging conversation that explores the heart of storytelling and its ability to create a meaningful impact on a global scale.

Take advantage of this opportunity to gain insights into the filmmaker’s process and the importance of community connections in shaping impactful narratives.

Akram Shibly was born to Syrian immigrants in Buffalo, NY. As a child, he spent his summers in Damascus, cultivating a passion for filmmaking and storytelling. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media Production and Philosophy from the University at Buffalo and an MFA in Screenwriting from DePaul University.
He currently serves As a Producer for Buffalo Toronto Public Media, a PBS and NPR affiliate, while continuing to write and develop stories for the big screen, and poetry for the heart.


  • Doors at 1:45 pm
  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm: Introduction, discussion, screening, and Q&A with Akram

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Sunday, March 10, 2024


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Sunday, March 10, 2024
  • Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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