Micah Garen

Micah Garen is an award winning documentary filmmaker and journalist who has worked in conflict and post-conflict zones for the past 15 years. Most recently, he has directed five feature length films for Al Jazeera English one of which won a Golden Nymph for Best News Documentary at the Monte Carlo Television Festival in 2014. His work has been published in Al Jazeera English, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, and the Financial Times, among others. His recent short film about the refugee crisis, "Light on the Sea," launched in March on Vanity Fair. His short film from Afghanistan, "Call Me Ehsaan," was a New York Times Op-Doc editor’s choice and screened at festivals. Micah filmed the “Christmas Eve Raid” scene in Iraq that was part of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911. In 2004, Micah and his interpreter Amir, were kidnapped while filming in Nasiriyah. They were held for ten days before being released. Their story is chronicled in the dual-memoir with Marie-Hélène, "American Hostage," published by Simon & Schuster in 2005. The memoir received starred reviews on both Kirkus and Publisher's Weekly.