About the Director

Megan Mylan

Megan Mylan is a New York-based documentary filmmaker whose work has been recognized with an Academy Award®, Emmy nominations, an Independent Spirit Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her films have raised millions of dollars for charitable causes, motivated volunteerism and informed public policy.

She recently completed, Raça, a documentary on Brazil’s unfolding struggle for racial equality. The film is currently in national theatrical release in Brazil.

Mylan directed and produced the Oscar®-winning film Smile Pinki, broadcast on HBO and the Sundance Channel. Her film, Lost Boys of Sudan, had a 70-city theatrical release and a national television broadcast on PBS’s POV. Megan also directed Batidania on Brazilian resistance music and worked on a variety of films including the Oscar®-nominated, Long Night’s Journey Into Day and the Sundance Award winning film Sing Faster.

Before beginning in documentary, Mylan worked with Ashoka, an international development non-profit, in the U.S. and Brazil. She has a Bachelor’s from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Masters’ degrees in Journalism and Latin American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She recently returned to Berkeley to serve as guest director of the Documentary program at the Graduate School of Journalism.