Character-driven Storyteller. Creative Editor. Cinematographer. Director.
Sandra Westdahl is a National Edward R. Murrow award-winning short-documentary filmmaker with a driving passion for social issues and bringing intimate stories to the screen.
Before joining a small documentary team called Landmark Stories,
she spent five years working on character-driven documentary shorts that focused on social justice issues at Arizona Public Media
An adventurer at heart, Sandra left her home country of Sweden at age 19 and has lived in the United States since. Her Swedish roots drive her intrinsic and honest approach to storytelling. As an immigrant, she understands the importance of building relationships from within and seeks to craft genuine stories that celebrate the experiences and resilience of the communities she’s collaborating with.
In 2019, Sandra helped launch Landmark Stories at the University of Arizona with the mission to tell cinematic, character-driven stories that make science more accessible to people around the country. As a senior producer, she focuses on bringing attention to communities that are disproportionately impacted by environmental and social injustices.
Sandra was recently recognized with a National Edward R. Murrow Award for best feature reporting for “Where Dreams Die.”
The story centers the work and advocacy of 73-year-old Colombian artist Alvaro Enciso as he honors the lives of thousands of migrants who have died in the Sonoran Desert while trying to reach the U.S. for safer and better living conditions.
In the last five years, Sandra has also been honored with four Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards as well as 12 Regional Emmy® Awards, 26 nominations, and three Telly Awards. Her work has been featured nationally on PBS NewsHour Weekend and NPR Tiny Desk Contest.
Sandra is currently based in Tucson, Ariz. She is always eager to travel wherever the next story will take her!
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