Aug. 26

4:00 PM
Live on Facebook


Heidi Saman & Lulu Wang in Conversation

Millennial ennui, kinship, migration, societal expectations, and making genre-bending art as first-generation women filmmakers. These are some of the things Lulu Wang (The Farewell, 2019) and Heidi Saman (Namour, 2016) will discuss over this live conversation with the festival’s audience as they pick up from where they left off in Seen, the inaugural edition of BlackStar’s journal of film and visual culture.

This panel is free and open to the public. It will stream live with closed captioning on August 26th from this web page as well as BlackStar’s Facebook page.

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Heidi Saman

Filmmaker, Producer of Fresh Air with Terry Gross

Heidi Saman was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces to Watch. Her first feature film, Namour, was acquired by Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY, and won the LA Muse Jury Award at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival. In 2008, Saman’s short film The Maid (il Shaghala) premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. She is a 2016-2018 Pew Fellow in the Arts and she recently directed an episode of OWN’s Queen Sugar. Heidi is developing her second feature film The Armenian Club with Sundance Institute’s Film Two Initiative. She’s currently a producer for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross.


Lulu Wang


With the rare ability to captivate audiences with her sincere storytelling and global perspective, Lulu Wang continues to establish herself as a writer and filmmaker to watch. Most recently, Wang released her second feature THE FAREWELL, which she both wrote and directed. The story follows Billi (Awkwafina), who returns to China after decades in America to join a household of relatives as they convene to say goodbye to the family’s elderly matriarch under the pretense of a shotgun wedding.