kamal aljafari (b. 1972) is a graduate of the academy of media arts in cologne, where he received and the friedrich-vordemberge visual art prize of the city of cologne in 2004. his films include the roof (2006), which won the best international award at the images festival in toronto and best soundtrack at fidmarseille, and port of memory (2009), which received the prix louis marcorelles at cinema du reel paris. his short films include visit iraq (2003), balconies (2007) and my father’s video (2009). he was a featured artist at the 2009 robert flaherty film seminar in new york, and in 2009- 2010 was the benjamin white whitney fellow at harvard university’s radcliffe institute and film study center. he taught film at the new school new york and between 2011-2013 he was a senior lecturer and head of the directing program at the german film and television academy berlin. he is the recipient of many film prizes and art grants; filmstiftung nrw, kunstfonds, medienboard berlin kunststiftung nrw in germany, fonds sud cinema in france, the sundance documentary fund in usa. in 2013 he received the art medal of the state rio grande do sul in brazil.