Moving toward a better world — one story, one film at a time.

As much as we love our craft of documentary filmmaking—capturing the golden light, uncovering a gem of a story, weaving it all together in the editing room—what really gets us out of bed in the morning is helping social innovators create a more environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just world for all. We are a global team, but we have neither an office nor office hours, relying instead on a culture of extreme flexibility and ongoing innovation to fuel our purposeful mission.
Since we started the company in 2009, Micro-Documentaries has become one of the world’s leading short film production companies. Social innovators around the world count on us to produce and distribute short films for them that are authentic, affordable and actionable.

Natasha Deganello GiraudieNatasha Deganello Giraudie Creative Director and Founder Natasha first became fascinated with visual storytelling as a girl in Caracas, experimenting with her father’s Nikon F3 camera, which she still loves to take pictures with.  Today, through her point of view as a a filmmaker, a social entrepreneur and a mother, she is interested in advancing humanitarian missions and inspiring moral courage.
As Creative Director and founder of Micro-Documentaries, Natasha has had the opportunity of pioneering this film genre. The hundreds of short films she has produced with her colleagues in more than 30 countries have helped social innovators like Bono’s [RED], the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Living Goods raise funds, further legislation, grow their audience, win awards and increase thought leadership. Natasha regularly teaches and learns at Stanford and other universities and conferences on topics related to storytelling, social innovation, documentary filmmaking and distribution. As co-chair of the Advisory Council of the Dalai Lama Fellows, Natasha strives to inspire moral courage in young leaders and as a board member of the Biomimicry Institute she champions innovation inspired by nature, for more graceful and sustainable design. Natasha went to film school at UT Austin and received her Master’s degree in Journalism from Stanford, where she was awarded the Donald Kennedy Fellowship to pursue documentary work in Nepal.
Natasha’s heart is still in Venezuela, but her home away from home is San Francisco where she lives with her family and enjoys paddleboarding with sea lions and discovering the joys of the violin.
Neha Belvalkar Creative Producer Neha Belvalkar has been engaged in making films both fiction and documentary since 2006. She has worked as an assistant director on various independent films in Mumbai, India like, Dev Benegal’s Road, Movie (2009) and Nandita Das’s Firaaq (2008).
She has also worked with community video initiatives like Video Volunteers, (Goa, India) that aim at empowering marginalized communities by giving them the skills and resources to make films on their own issues. She moved to the U.S. to pursue a MFA in filmmaking and after graduating from Ohio University in 2014, she currently resides in the twin cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. She also uses her background and knowledge in film as a teaching artist with arts for social change organizations and schools in the twin cities. She has helped craft and guide short documentaries about food justice and racial profiling in high schools. Her films strive to have ideas that are both aesthetically and politically engaging.
Preeti Mankar DebPreeti Mankar Deb Creative ProducerPreeti is a documentary filmmaker who has produced and directed films on topics like the Indian education system (Mad About IIT-JEE), the city of Mumbai (I Am Bombay) and arranged marriages (An Arranged Marriage). She believes in the power of video to inform and connect people, and motivate them to make a difference. Her experience in journalism and documentary has taught her that every single person has a unique and engaging story – it just needs to be told in the right way. Preeti is currently working on a community video art project to further explore this theme.
She has a master’s degree in documentary film and broadcast journalism from NYU. After graduating from NYU, she worked in New York on documentaries for public television. In 2008, she moved to India and started an independent film company, 517 Productions, to specialize in non-fiction content. Under this label she has produced, directed and edited documentaries, corporate films, films for non-profits and Public Service Announcements for TV. She also taught video and documentary film.
Preeti has volunteered with non-profits ever since she was in high school, working as a teacher, in marketing and as a video instructor for underprivileged children and disadvantaged youth.
She has recently moved to the Bay Area, where she lives with her husband Anamitra, and two little boys.
When she’s not working or being a mama, she’s experimenting with new ingredients in the kitchen, watching obscure films or reading old mystery novels on the beach.
Kiran Goldman Julin Director of Field and Post-Production Kiran is a documentary filmmaker who has produced and edited international, criminal justice, environmental and health stories for PBS, FRONTLINE, FRONTLINE/World and Cornell University. She got the bug to become a documentary filmmaker when she conducted research at a community development non-profit organization in southwestern China. At the time, she was doing research for her undergraduate thesis engineering project. Her Chinese colleague asked her to help in the edit room with translation, and she immediately fell in love with editing and storytelling. That experience showed her firsthand just how powerful documentary storytelling can be to help organizations capture the work they are doing in the field, to spread awareness about important issues and to fundraise.
Kiran holds a master’s degree in journalism and documentary filmmaking from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Cornell University. She has worked on environmental and community development projects throughout China and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Kiran currently lives in the Bay Area with her husband. When not editing, she enjoys trail-running, traveling, camping, cooking and music.

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