Iva’s films explore the theme of identity, migration and immigrants – focusing on how identifications affect our interaction with the world. The films strive to give context to the decisions that people make, aiming to allow the viewer to recognize themselves in the other. The characters she portrays tend to live in multiple worlds that allow for a form of hybridity.

Iva’s films have screened at various film festivals including Toronto’s HotDocs Film Festival, Rooftop Films, UnionDocs and were broadcast on PBS, The Documentary Channel as well as international networks. Her work was also shown at numerous galleries around the globe and her most recent collaborative film Matthew 24:14 won the 2011 International Documentary Challenge competition for Best Director, Best Film and Best Use of Genre. She is the recipient of 2011 Princess Grace Film Fellowship and was a selected participant at the 2012 Berlinale Talent Campus. Sporting the titles of a director, editor and cinematographer, she is happiest when behind the camera lens where she’s transported into another world. Iva runs a video blog

Artist Statement:

Documentary is an expression.
An uttering of philosophy, a potential conduit of justice, a call.
It’s responsibility. A mobilizer.
It’s a vehicle, an experience, a point of conversation.
A bridge of connecting ideas. Social examination.
A liberating space of self-reflection. An invitation for work.
An invitation for closeness and a context of communication.
A hybrid place. A mirror of creative reflection for creative
reflection. A revelation. It’s made of glue and is a provocateur.
Documentary is a multitude of worlds. A representation.
A place to recognize oneself and be found.
A passage for understanding and tool for the indecipherable.
A stage for the things that are muted. A conquering capturer.
It’s an impermanent transformation.
Documentary is passion.

  • Awards, Prizes, Grants or Fellowships while at Hunter: Princess Grace Award Winner 2012
    Roosevelt House Fellow 2012
    Price Grace Film Fellow 2011
    International Documentary Challenge 2011 - Winner Best Director, Best Film (shared with Tennessee Watson, Alex Mallis and Laura Hadden)
    PBS REEL Shorts Competition Winner "Purple", "11 Years of Absence", "Following Crickets"
    Asian American Film Festival - 2nd Place Winner “Nelson”
    Official selection 42nd Brooklyn Int’l Film Festival, Rooftop Films among others.