Dr. Isabella Alexander

Dr. Isabella Alexander is an award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker, and sociocultural anthropologist. A leading expert on international human rights, she has spent the past decade living between the US, where she is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Film & Media Studies at Emory University, and Africa, where she works to defend the basic human rights of the world’s largest population of migrants and refugees. For the past three years, she has been working undercover – embedded in hidden migrant brotherhoods and smuggling rings – to capture the treacherous journeys of three families from the DRC, Mali, and Sierra Leone toward the promise of safer shores for her latest documentary film, The Burning: The Untold Story of Africa’s Migrant Crisis.


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