is a social justice filmmaker and the spring 2018 Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker Fellow.
Her work has addressed issues such as indigenous land rights, destigmatizing menstruation, the importance of campus activism, and the meaning of consent.
Jalena co-founded Breaktide Productions, a production company run by women of color dedicated to democratizing filmmaking by making content that elevates underrepresented voices on camera and behind the scenes.
Her writing has been featured in Seventeen Magazine, The Tempest and NBC.com, and she has made films all around the world, from Hawaii and Prague, to Yangon, which have gone on to be award-winning shorts.
Head to the Storytelling tab to see how Jalena uses documentary, narrative, advocacy, writing, and art to tell compelling stories that spark social change.