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Déjà Cresencia Bernhardt

writer/director Last Hawaiian Sugar
Traveling between her disparate homes from Maui, Bali, and Austin, Déjà draws upon her diverse heritage, finding inspiration to tell both narrative and documentary stories — often informing one another. Her films have screened in over 40 festivals worldwide, won numerous awards, catapulted humanitarian work into the forefront of the global public eye, and her film, The Midwife’sHusband (2012), was nominated for a Student Academy Award. Déjà’s various works include documentaries that have been globally influential in promoting humanitarian efforts in Africa, Indonesia, Haiti and beyond, including the award winning documentaries, Guerrilla Midwife(2010), and Tsunami Notebook(2009) her film that looks at the aftermath of the 2004 Earthquake and subsequent Tsunami felt around the world. Her powerful documentary, Guerrilla Midwife, shines a light on the vital work of Ibu Robin Lim and ultimately influenced Lim to win CNN Hero of the Year and use that notoriety to bring lifesaving work to peoples who need it most. Déjà loves to create films that open hearts and connect people to their global indigenous & local communities, is in development of her feature version of Last Hawaiian Sugar and teaching filmmaking at Texas State University.