Rae Ceretto: Documenting the humanity behind the headlines

Rae Ceretto: Documenting the humanity behind the headlines

In a time where empathy is severely lacking in our cultural rhetoric, can we tell a different story? Can we push the boundaries of our own worldviews to create understanding vs division and hatred? Can we change the cultural narrative in hopes of creating more empathy, connection, and compassion through the human story?


From a young age Rae was always politically active. Her father was a politician and mother a filmmaker. She spent her time living with civil rights lawyers in Serbia and documenting political rallies and refugees. When she was 16 Rae completed her first documentary short film based on the '99 NATO bombings and death of former Yugoslavian dictator Slobodan Milosevic. She graduated with honors from NYU and started her career as a photojournalist. She collaborated with some of the biggest companies in the NGO and entertainment world. Her career centered around women, women’s rights, and advocating for refugee communities. In '20 Rae co-founded an all female production company, Honeypot Productions and released her mini- doc, We Do Not Live Here, based on her work at the Migrant Caravan in Tijuana., which was released in April '20 and featured in Rolling Stone Magazine. She was named by SHOOT '21 New Director Showcase. Rae directs her first feature length documentary, Seeking Asylum.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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