Changing the world, one story at a time.
Rifat Audeh –an award winning filmmaker- was born in Canada, and his family is originally from Palestine.
He graduated with a Bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Ryerson University in Canada, and a Masters degree in Media and Journalism -with distinction- from Newcastle University in the UK, and alternated between various careers.
He is a lifelong human rights and media activist, and helped co-found a media activist group in Michigan in the early 2000s to monitor bias and propaganda in the media. His writings have been published in numerous papers and websites.
He has also worked with various UN agencies, NGOs and human rights organizations, helping document abuses and human rights violations.
He participated in the 2010 Freedom Flotilla [i.e. the topic of his film], witnessing the attack, and also participated in the 2009-2010 Lifeline convoy to Gaza. His film "The Truth: Lost at Sea" is his first. He obtained the Best Written Dissertation Award from Newcastle University, for his Masters dissertation on the topic of his film.
His film won the Audience Award at the 2018 Al Ard Documentary Film Festival in Italy, the Mediterranean Special Award at the 2018 Lebanese Independent Film Festival, the International Eye Award at the 2018 Human Rights International Film Festival in Bolivia, the Best Feature Documentary Award at the 2018 Cuzco Underground Cinema Festival in Peru, the Best Film: Human Security Award at the 2018 We The Peoples Festival in the UK and the Best Feature Documentary Award at the 2019 Merida Film Festival in Mexico. It also received an Honorable Mention at the 2018 YES! Let's Make a Movie Festival in Canada, and was nominated for the Feather Award for Best Documentary at the 2017 Karama Human Rights Film Festival in Jordan.
  • Narration & Research (1 Credit)
    The Truth: Lost at Sea2017
    Documentary
  • Editor (1 Credit)
    The Truth: Lost at Sea2017
    Documentary
  • Producer (1 Credit)
    The Truth: Lost at Sea2017
    Documentary
  • Writer (1 Credit)
    The Truth: Lost at Sea2017
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  • Director (1 Credit)
    The Truth: Lost at Sea2017
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Best Feature Documentary
The Truth: Lost at Sea
Merida Film Festival (Festival Cinematográfico de Mérida)
Merida
2019
Official Selection
The Truth: Lost at Sea
Sofia MENAR Film Festival
Sofia
2019
Official Selection
The Truth: Lost at Sea
Festival of Social Film and Human Rights (Festival de Cine Social y Derechos Humanos - Cine Otro)
Valparaíso
2018
Official Selection
The Truth: Lost at Sea
The Napoli Human Rights Film Festival (Festival del Cinema dei Diritti Umani di Napoli)
Naples
2018
Best Film: Human Security
The Truth: Lost at Sea
We The Peoples Film Festival
London
2018
Best Feature Documentary
The Truth: Lost at Sea
Cuzco Underground Cinema Festival
Cuzco
2018
Official Selection
The Truth: Lost at Sea
Karama Yemen Human Rights Film Festival
Sanaa
2018
Official Selection
The Truth: Lost at Sea
Palestine Filmer C'est Exister
Geneva
2018
Honorable Mention
The Truth: Lost at Sea
YES! Let's Make a Movie Film Festival
Montreal
2018
International Eye Award
The Truth: Lost at Sea
Human Rights International Film Festival
Sucre
2018
Mediterranean Special Award
The Truth: Lost at Sea
Lebanese Independent Film Festival
Beirut
2018
Official Selection
The Truth: Lost at Sea
Grecanica International Film Festival
Reggio Calabria
2018
Official Selection
The Truth: Lost at Sea
Internationale Festival Zeichen der Nacht
Berlin
2018
Audience Award
The Truth: Lost at Sea
Al Ard Documentary Film Festival
Cagliari
2018
Nominated for Feather Award for Best Feature Documentary
The Truth: Lost at Sea
Karama Human Rights Film Festival
Amman
2017
Changing the world, one story at a time.