Suree Towfighnia is a director, producer, DP, and documentary educator from Chicago, IL. She directed Standing Silent Nation, a feature that chronicles a Native American family's struggle for economic empowerment by growing industrial hemp on their sovereign Reservation lands. A co-production with NAPT, it was broadcast on POV and garnered many awards in competitions and festivals. More recently, it has been the centerpiece of outreach and community engagement pushing for legislative change. Her thesis documentary, Tampico, about a low-income Latina street performer, won the Studs Terkel Award for Community Media. As an educator, Suree works with at risk youth in the Chicago Public Schools as part of Project AIM; and teaches master classes in documentary making for universities, non-profits and internationally at EICTV in Cuba. She began the Lakota Media Project (LMP) in 2003 to train Lakota girls and women dedicated to telling their own documentary stories. Suree has been dedicated to working on social justice documentary and community engagement since 1997.