Azza Cohen (she/her) is an award-winning director, cinematographer, editor, and producer currently serving as a videographer and video producer for Vice President Kamala Harris.
Azza earned an MFA in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford (funded by the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program), an MA from the University of Galway (funded through a Mitchell Scholarship), and a BA from Princeton.
Her MFA thesis film FLOAT! — a short documentary that captures Azza’s captivating Bubbe’s journey learning how to swim at 82 — was acquired and released online in January 2023 by The New Yorker. FLOAT! celebrated its world in-person premiere at the FLICKERS’ Rhode Island International Film Festival in August 2023, where Azza won first prize for the Marlyn Mason Award for new voices, new perspectives by women in film.
At Stanford, Azza also directed Dear Hormazd, a 16mm profile of a Zoroastrian couple urging their son to keep the faith; directed Nothing left to do but marvel, an experimental short filmed in soft focus inspired by her chronic migraine; and co-directed Bruce’s Dream, an immersive short about a retired racehorse re-learning to ride as a therapy horse for kids on the autism spectrum. And she produced Drew de Pinto’s thesis film Compton’s ‘22, which was nominated for an IDA Documentary Award.
As an undergraduate, Azza directed Refugee, Refugee, an award-winning micro documentary about a Rwandan refugee adjusting to life in New Jersey; and Specks of Dust, an award-winning short documentary about activists risking everything to fight human trafficking in India.
At CreativeChaos vmg, Azza worked on The Great Divide, a forthcoming documentary about U.S. gun laws; Bleed Out, a 2018 HBO documentary and exposé about medical error; and This Changes Everything, a 2019 Netflix documentary on gender discrimination in Hollywood. She has also worked with Academy Award-winning director Vanessa Roth on National Geographic’s IMPACT with Gal Gadot, a docu-series uplifting six remarkable women making an impact in their communities. Azza is eternally grateful to Andrew Jarecki, who gave her her first film credit as an intern on The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.
A Highland Park, IL native, Azza lives in Washington, DC with her life partner and producer Kathleen and their barky rescue dog Rex.