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 CEO & Founder Natasha founded Micro-Documentaries with a vision to make compelling cinematic filmmaking accessible to all social innovators. The resulting short films, solution trailers of sorts, have helped nonprofits and purposeful businesses in more than 30 countries advance their missions, raise funds, advance legislation and increase though leadership. Natasha regularly writes and teaches on topics related to storytelling, social innovation, and short documentary film production, and distribution for purposeful businesses and nonprofits.
Prior to Micro-Documentaries, she was CEO of Papilia, where she helped nonprofits raise millions of dollars with an innovative stewardship software that showed donors the difference their gifts make. She started her career in her native Venezuela filming adventure and nature documentaries distributed through the Discovery Channel. She went to film school at the University of Texas at Austin and received her Master’s degree in Journalism from Stanford, where she was awarded a Stanford Haas Center for Public Service fellowship to pursue documentary work in Nepal.
Natasha combines her passion for film with a lifelong commitment to the nonprofit sector. She has worked as a field and board volunteer with nonprofits in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the U.S. since she was a teenager. She co-chairs the Advisory Board of the Dalai Lama Fellows and serves on the Advisory Boards of Tools for Peace and the Biomimicry Institute. Natasha lives in the Bay Area with her husband and daughter, where she enjoys paddleboarding with sea lions and discovering the joys of the violin.
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.
Ben HenretigBen Henretig Creative Director & Founder Ben founded Micro-Documentaries because he believes in the power of documentary film to bring about social change and inspire action.
Ben was born and raised in Yakima, WA, surrounded by the rich agricultural landscape of apple/cherry/pear/peach orchards, grape vineyards, and hop fields. A graduate of Stanford University Film and Media Studies, he uses his background in art, music, communications and filmmaking to produce beautiful, powerful short-format documentaries for nonprofits and purposeful businesses making positive change in the world. Currently, Ben is working on two feature length documentary films: A Las Calles, that follows the lives of working/street children in Quito, Ecuador and explores the resulting socio-economic and political implications of this cultural phenomenon affecting millions of Latin American youth; and The Happiest Place, a feature-length documentary telling the story of the first human-powered, border-to-border journey across Bhutan.
Ben is a regular contributor to Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab, whose research and innovative applications have created insight into how technology can be designed to inspire people to take positive action and have personal impact in the world. He also is a founding member of the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab, which focuses on the use of technology to promote peace. Ben lives in Palo Alto, CA, where he is a volunteer teacher/leader with the Art of Living Foundation, instructing hundreds of college students in stress management techniques through yoga and meditation.
Preeti Mankar DebPreeti Mankar Deb Senior Director of ProductionsPreeti 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.

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