Kara Blake is a Canadian documentary filmmaker and television director. She is best known for her work on documentaries such as "The Fruit Machine" and "The Apology".
Blake was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. She attended Simon Fraser University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Women's Studies. She then went on to study filmmaking at the University of British Columbia, where she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production.
Blake's work is primarily focused on human rights issues, exploring topics such as immigration, intergenerational trauma, reconciliation, and Indigenous rights. She has been recognized for her work with numerous awards, including two Canadian Screen Awards and a Peabody Award.
In 2015, Blake directed her first feature-length documentary, "The Fruit Machine", which explored the Canadian government's practice of entrapping gay men in the 1950s and 1960s. The film was critically acclaimed and screened at numerous film festivals, including Toronto Hot Docs, Vancouver International Film Festival, and the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival.
In 2016, Blake directed her second feature-length documentary, "The Apology", which follows three "Comfort Women" - Korean women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II - as they seek justice and recognition from the Japanese government. The film was also critically acclaimed and won numerous awards, including a Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary.
In addition to her work in documentary filmmaking, Blake has directed a number of television series, including "Cultivating Canada", "Muse", "Hard Rock Medical", and "The Detectives". She has also directed numerous short films, including "The Valley Below", "The Scarecrow", and "The Queen".
Kara Blake is a dedicated filmmaker who is committed to telling stories that challenge the status quo and bring attention to important social issues. Her films have been praised for their powerful storytelling and their commitment to uncovering the truth.