Zahida Pirani is an independent filmmaker who produced and directed the short documentary “Judith: Portrait of a Street Vendor.” She studied nonfiction filmmaking at Columbia University as a Charles H. Revson Fellow in 2009-10.

Zahida’s work is informed by her experience as a community organizer, having organized for many years around immigrant and worker rights issues in New York City. She is the former Director of the New York Civic Participation Project (NYCPP), a project of La Fuente Inc., which is a community-labor collaboration that works with various immigrant rights organizations and labor unions in New York and surrounding areas.

Zahida has taught as an adjunct professor at CUNY’s Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. She holds a Bachelors degree from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the New School for Social Research.

Film Credits Director and Producer: Zahida Pirani Cinematographers:  Iliana Aguilar, Katrine Hornstrup Yde Editor: Matt Maltese, Zahida Pirani Sound Editor: Max Greene Composer: Manuel Andres Garcia

Special Thanks A very special thanks to Judith Ruano, her family and the members and staff of VAMOS Unidos for welcoming us into their community and for sharing their incredible stories and work with us.
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