Abi Weaver is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. She is best known for her searing documentaries on social issues, which have been featured in festivals and on television around the world.
Weaver was born in London and raised in New Jersey. She developed an early passion for film and storytelling, and she studied filmmaking at The New School in New York City. After graduating, she began her career as a freelance cinematographer, shooting music videos and short films. In 2010, she directed her first feature-length documentary, “The Lost Boys of Sudan,” which chronicled the stories of young Sudanese refugees who had left their homes and families in search of a better life. The film was critically acclaimed and won several awards.
Since then, Weaver has directed and produced several documentaries, including “The Outlaw State,” a gripping examination of the Afghanistan War’s impact on civilians; “The War at Home,” a powerful look at the struggles of U.S. veterans; and “The Invisible War,” a shocking expose of sexual assault in the military. Her films have screened at festivals and on television around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival and the BBC.
In addition to her films, Weaver has also directed music videos and commercials for major brands such as Coca-Cola, American Express, and Microsoft. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities and is a mentor to aspiring filmmakers. She is currently working on her next documentary, a profile of a young female entrepreneur in West Africa.
Weaver is a passionate storyteller and an inspiring filmmaker. Through her work, she has shed light on some of the most pressing social issues of our time, and she has given a voice to those who are often marginalized or ignored. Her films are powerful, moving, and deeply affecting, and she is a testament to the power of documentary filmmaking to educate, inspire, and effect change.