Isabelle M. Carbonell


University of California, Santa Cruz


United States of America


Film and Digital Media


Doctoral researcher



Isabelle Carbonell is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with a background in environmental science and social science. She has taught documentary film at Carnegie Mellon University-Qatar and National Geographic. Currently her film "Trashborn" is touring film festivals internationally, and she is working on a feature for Al-Jazeera Documentary Channel called "The Camel Race" as well as curating an experimental ethnographic shorts channel online called "Shoot.Edit.Share." Carbonell's documentary work has taken her to India, Qatar, UAE, Cuba, Mexico, Vietnam, the Dominican Republic, Nepal, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Oman, Nicaragua, and Uruguay. Her research interests encompass documentary film, experimental ethnographic film, environmental justice, surveillance/dataveillance studies, the ethics of big data especially in relation to agriculture, reinvented traditions/heritage revival, sustainable agriculture, and participatory filmmaking especially in relation to indigenous movements.

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