Vanara Taing - Writer

Before coming to AFI as an Editing Fellow, Vanara's work was published in the journal Meridians and Sojourner: The Women's Forum. She was a producer at StoryCorps, a Peabody award-winning national oral history project, editing and producing their weekly series on NPR's Morning Edition. In addition to her radio work, Vanara's short films have screened at New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Anthology Film Archives and the Portland Documentary and eXperimental Film Festival. She holds a B.A. in English from Scripps College and a master's degree from Harvard's School of Education. Vanara was awarded the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and the J. Michael Brinkman Scholarship by the Hollywood Post Alliance.

Vanara was born in the Khao-I-Dang refugee camp near the Thai/Cambodian border. Her family re-settled in the US, when she was 2-years-old. "Samnang" is inspired by Vanara's childhood memories of watching her family work to build a life in the United States through making donuts.

Prior works: the business of family