Rachel is a filmmaker, educator, activist, community organizer, and mother. She sees film as a powerful medium with revolutionary potential. For her, at the heart of revolution is the power of a story, so she finds the courage to tell hers. She describes her work as autobiographical reflections.
She was born to a Puerto Rican mother and a Jewish father and was raised in Upstate New York. She moved to Los Angeles in 1993 to attend University of California, Los Angeles where she received her B.A. in Film and Television in 1995 and her M.F.A. in Film Directing in 1999. She runs her own independent production company, Unleashed Entertainment, which is a collective of independent artists she has brought together to produce positive entertainment. Her work has been featured in festivals and on international television, in fact, she has been interviewed by 60 Minutes and has twice received the UCLA Graduate Division Fellowship, and has won the Verna Fields Memorial Scholarship, the Ion Pictures Endowed Scholarship, and The Motion Pictures Association Award.
Rachel actively presents her work at conferences across the country, lecturing about hip hop feminism, critical media literacy, and the need for women to empower themselves. She writes freelance for independent magazines including Blu Magazine, The Cipher, Shadowbox, Red Eye, and Culture Magazine.
Rachelís work is fresh, innovative, and has been making waves. The UCLA Daily Bruin claims that Raimist and the six women she profiled in her documentary NOBODY KNOWS MY NAME are changing the face of the male-dominated hip-hop industry. Her work has also been written about in the Village Voice, The LA Sentinel, and many other publications including LA Weekly who described NOBODY as born from a passion to dispel the objectified images of women that pervade hip hop culture to simply wanting to feel acceptance, the stories Raimist tell are diverse, yet tied to a sense of struggle. Her goal is simple, to teach people to share stories, dialogue, and learn how to uplift themselves.
Raimist currently teaches in the Telecommunication and Film Department at the University of Alabama. (7/12)
Nobody Knows My Name
A film by Rachel Raimist, 1999, 58 min., Color
NOBODY KNOWS MY NAME tells the story of women who are connected by their love for hip-hop music. Despite the fact that these talented female artists ...