A documentary essay looking at the nature of faith in the contemporary United States. The work explores the social, psychological or political functions deep faith serves through portraits of sincere believers, and reveals the challenges, seductions, and contradictions of contemporary belief.
The Beauty Academy of Kabul (2004)
On Hostile Ground (2001, co-director)
Liz Mermins recent documentary The Beauty Academy of Kabul was released theatrically in 2006, and broadcast on BBC2 and across Europe. A graduate of both Harvard and New York University, she has been a Fulbright Scholar and a Whitney Museum Independent Study Program Fellow. She has made documentaries for television, including PBS, ABC, Discovery, Court TV, and the Oxygen network.
1997 MA Anthropology, 1998 Certificate in Culture and Media, New York University
1993 BA Literature (summa cum laude), Harvard University
April, May, June 2008
Liz Mermin’s Shot in Bombay was shown in Hot Docs. This feature documentary tells three intertwined stories: the rise of the city's underworld in the 1990s, narrated by a no-nonsense ex-police chief known as "Bombay's Dirty Harry"; the tribulations of superstar Sanjay Dutt, on trial for alleged involvement in India's largest terrorist attack; and a young director's dogged quest to master the delicate art of making a Bollywood blockbuster.
January, February, March 2008
Liz Mermin’s Shot in Bombay was shown in the SXSW Film Festival. This feature documentary follows a Bollywood actor as he makes his last film before being sentenced for a crime connected to a major bombing attack.
January, February, March 2007
Liz Mermin’s feature documentary Office Tigers, about an office full of young Indian professionals and the American executives teaching them the rules of corporate culture, screened at the IFC Center in New York, in March, as part of their “Stranger than Fiction” series. It was also shown at the Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival (FICCO) in February.