Adhel Arop is multidisciplinary artist. Her work aims to explore a social justice narrative, focusing on the untold stories of refugees and immigrants that are a part of Canada’s diverse identity. Through the medium of documentary filmmaking, she captures stories, many close to her heart and home, which would otherwise go untold.
Adhel has a performance-based background in musical theatre, poetry, and spoken word, all of which she incorporates into her various screams of expression at events and festivals. In 2018 she was awarded the TELUS Storyhive documentary film grant, and with additional funding from Creative BC as well as mentorship from the National Screening Institution, she completed her first 20-minute documentary, ‘Who Am I.”
The film premiered and sold out in July 2019 in Vancouver, BC. With supplementary grants from Taking it Global and Radius SFU-Refugee Livelihood, this film premier event provided a platform to showcase the Canadian immigrant experience, something she authentically achieved by embracing her narrative of being a child born in the Kakuma refugee camp, and drawing from her own stories of immigrating to Canada at the age of four. Adhel now aims to pursue a career in writing, producing, and filmmaking.