Julia Sereny  

Julia Sereny founded film production company Sienna Films in 1991. Some of her production credits include: April One, a feature film starring David Strathairn; Black, Bold and Beautiful, a one-hour CBC documentary; the feature-length documentary Erotica: a Journey into Female Sexuality, produced for TV Ontario; and Hidden Children, a documentary series co-produced with October Films and winner of the Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival. In 1999, Sereny produced New Waterford Girl with her partner, Jennifer Kawaja. New Waterford Girl premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released in Canada through Alliance Atlantis.

As one of two principles (Jennifer Kawaja) at Sienna Films, Julia Sereny has a 20 year history of producing theatrical feature films, TV drama and docs that have garnered much acclaim and commercial success. Prior to Sienna, Julia worked with the NFB, Rhombus Media, Atlantis Films, and CBC in production and project development. She also provided consultation services for productions focusing on international co-productions. (8/14)

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Black, Bold and Beautiful: Black Women's Hair

A film by Julia Sereny, 1999, 40 min, Color

Afros, braids or corn rows--hairstyles have always carried a social message, and few issues cause as many battles between black parents and their daughters. To "relax" one's hair into straight tresses or to leave it "natural" inevitably raises questions of conformity and rebellion, pride and identity. Today, trend-setting teens happily reinvent themselves on a daily…

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