Born in England to Romanian parents in 1974, Irene has been living in the Boston area since 1978. She graduated from Harvard with highest honors in filmmaking and Chinese studies in 1997. She has also spent time living in China, where she studied cinematography at the Beijing Film Academy, as well as in London, doing postgraduate study at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
Irene was the recipient of a 1997 George Peabody Gardner Traveling Fellowship for young artists, which she spent living in Bucharest, learning Romanian, and shooting "Reconstruction," her first feature-length documentary.
Her previous work includes her graduating student film "For Beijing with Love and Squalor (1997)," an award-winning documentary about contemporary Beijing's underground youth culture which has been shown at film festivals in the US, East Asia, and Europe, and her first short film "Crema Roz." (09/09)
A film by Irene Lusztig, 2001, 90 min., Color/BW
Filmmaker Irene Lusztig unearths a dark family secret in search of answers and reconciliation in her breakthrough feature documentary, RECONSTRUCTION....