Mariah Barrera is a Mexican-American filmmaker born and raised in Michigan, currently based in New York City as a sophomore at Columbia University. With over 30 awards for her art, Mariah is a National YoungArts Foundation alumni and Hispanic Heritage Foundation Awardee. Her work has been screened at festivals like DOC NYC and highlighted by Adobe and NowThis. Her films aim to contextualize themes of social justice and equity through the lens of her family’s experiences in the urban midwest. Using these stories, Mariah is passionate about bridging the gap between narrative and documentary through the use of poetry.