Sophia Nahli Allison is an experimental documentary filmmaker, educator and time traveler. Born in 1987 + a native of South Central Los Angeles, she is passionate about excavating and reimagining dreams, ancestral memories, liberation and archival existence through the voices of black women, youth and queer POC.
In 2017 she was named the Student Video Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographer Association. She was a participant of the Eddie Adams Workshop, the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, and the 2nd Annual New York Times Lens Blog Portfolio Review. Her work has been featured on the cover of PDN, online with The Atlantic, PBS, Fusion and more. She has interned at The Seattle Times, Tampa Bay Times and The Chicago Reporter. As an educator she's taught photo and video to youth in Chicago and Los Angeles and is a grateful recipient of the Chicago 3Arts Award, a $25,000 grant for her work as a teaching artist.
She is currently working on a new documentary and completing her graduate degree at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as a Roy H. Park Fellow, studying documentary filmmaking. She received her B.A in photojournalism.