Documentary Night is a weekly forum for creative change-makers from around the world to gather, share stories and engage with the most meaningful and pressing issues of our time. Every week, we invite prominent filmmakers, photojournalists, authors, artists and storytellers to present and discuss their work. From the changing nature of drone technology, to an up-and-close look at the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo through the eyes of a photojournalist, to the exploration of past lives vis-a-vis children’s past life memories, documentary night aims to inspire, spread knowledge and bring people together. We seek to leverage the power of community and ideas to elevate the conversation about lived experiences across the world.   


The community we foster is one where ideas are shared in an open, informal and intimate environment-- one where featured guests and presenters are able to interact and share their perspectives. We aim to create an inspirational movement where participants will leave with a newfound understanding of the week’s topic and be able to integrate these lessons into their own work and lives.


Alicé Anil

Alicé Nascimento is a documentary filmmaker, political commentator and progressing leaning policy analyst based in New York City. She is part of the digital media network, The Maven, where she publishes commentaries and op-ed video docs discussing current political and social issues. She has covered the trash and     refugee      crisis      in

Lebanon, the effects of the Olympics in Rio on displacement and the poor, and is currently in post-production on a documentary about a young Palestinian girl trapped in the border between Gaza and Egypt. She is widely know in the digital world for her prescient May 2016 pre-election viral video aptly titled “Why Trump Will Beat Hillary”. 


Alicé previously worked on legislation in the New York State Assembly and has a master’s in public policy from Cambridge University. She completed her undergraduate degree on international politics at New York University. 

Essam Attia

Essam joined the US Army in 2003 where he served for three years as a geospatial analyst. After earning a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in 2011, his military service inspired his mission as an artist to create conversations about topical social and political issues, where in early 2012, he began working in the streets

of New York City. Over a 12-month period he created his most notable works, Drone Zones and The Drone Campaign while working stealthily by night. These seminal works garnered international press and have been featured in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and Fox News. Inquisitive response to these pieces prompted interrogation of presidential candidates concerning foreign and domestic drone use and led to his arrest by the NYPD Bureau of Counter Terrorism. Post-graduation, he has actively been spreading his knowledge as an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, and through speeches and artist talk around the globe. With a family history that dates back to the American Revolution coupled with his Egyptian descent and personal service to the nation, Essam’s revolutionary spirit continues to push the boundaries of art and public discourse in service to American ideals.