Williams (Cook Islands) has worked as a filmmaker,
television producer, and radio reporter for 25 years. She is the
director of Yukon Circles, an advocacy video commissioned
by the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council in Alaska. She
has directed documentaries for PBS, including The Voyage Home,
which won the Best Global Indigenous Award at the 1996 Dreamspeakers
Film Festival in Edmonton, Alberta. Her documentary Hostages
at Home, produced for Seattle's KING-TV, an NBC affiliate,
won the Northwest Region Emmy for Best Community Service in 1995.
Williams began her career as a reporter for Cook Islands News
and Radio in Rarotonga, becoming a reporter and producer for Radio
New Zealand and Radio Pacific in Auckland, New Zealand, before
moving to the United States. Williams was born in Christchurch,
New Zealand, and lives in Los Angeles, California.
"I am fascinated by unusual stories, voices of people who
aren't usually heard, and by the courage of those who battle to
survive against great odds. Documentary film has the power to
capture images, record history, witness events, provoke discussion,
and catalyze change."
Screened by NMAI
Karin Williams - photograph by Diana Wilmar