Evgeny Afineevsky

Evgeny Afineevsky

Director, Producer


Evgeny Afineevsky is an award-winning Russian-American documentary filmmaker. Born in Moscow, Afineevsky moved to the United States in the late 1990s, where he earned his MFA in Film and Television Production from Chapman University.

Afineevsky has been directing, producing, and editing documentaries since the early 2000s, focusing on topics such as human rights and social issues. In 2009, he released his first feature-length documentary, “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”, which was critically acclaimed and earned him an Oscar nomination for best documentary.

In 2016, Afineevsky released his second feature-length documentary, “Cries from Syria”, which chronicles the Syrian civil war and the plight of the Syrian people. It was nominated for an Emmy and won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize.

In 2019, Afineevsky released his third feature-length documentary, “Faronarik”, which focuses on the struggles of the Yazidi people in Iraq and Syria. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and won the International Documentary Association’s Best Documentary Feature award.

In 2020, Afineevsky released his fourth feature-length documentary, “4th of July”, which chronicles the struggles of immigrants in the United States and their successes in building a new life in America. It was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.

In addition to his feature-length documentaries, Afineevsky has directed several short films and documentaries for television, including “The Price of Freedom”, “The Promise”, and “The House of Dreams”. His films have been screened at festivals around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, and the Berlin International Film Festival.

Evgeny Afineevsky is a critically acclaimed filmmaker whose work has earned him numerous awards and nominations. His films have shed light on important social issues, offering an insight into the human experience. Afineevsky’s work is a testament to the power of documentary filmmaking to bring about positive change in the world.

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