Kimberlee Acquaro is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, photojournalist. and a Recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism.
Her documentary God Sleeps in Rwanda was nominated for an Oscar and won an Emmy for Best Documentary.. Her documentary GOD SLEEPS IN RWANDA garnered international awards and was featured on HBO. Her work has also been featured on CNN, CBS, NPR, "The Tavis Smiley Show", "The Voice of America," BBC/PRI's "The World." and shown at The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City, The Boston Museum of Fine Art, Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Barbara, The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. And the Robin Rice Gallery in New York City. Acquaro’s photojournalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Time Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Mother Jones, and many international publications. She was awarded a prestigious Pew Fellowship in International Journalism and a Residency at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in DC for her work in Rwanda. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on race in America through the eyes of African-Americans over the age of 100 in I'll Rise.
Acquaro began her career as an intern for photographer Mary Ellen Mark and assistant to Eddie Adams. She then worked as Assistant to the Director of Photography at LIFE Magazine then a Photography Editor at TIME Magazine and at U,S.News &World Report. She joined the staff at The Eddie Adams Workshop; has been a jurist at Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France; a jurist for The International Documentary Association and for the Emmy Awards. She studied photography at Maine Media College. Her work is represented by Women Make Movies.
Emmy Award for Best Documentary
- International Reporting Project Fellow
- 2001 Pew Fellowship in International Journalism
- 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship
- SilverDocs Jury Award and Audience Award
- Aspen ShortsFest Audience Award
- Palm Springs ShortsFest Audience Award
- Urban Vibe Film Festival - Best Documentary Short
- "Out of Madness, A Matriarchy", Mother Jones, January/February 2003
- "The Girls Next Door" Sex Slaves on Main Street The New York Times Magazine January 2004
- "Kimberlee Acquaro", Tavis Smiley, February 17, 2006
- "Women of Rwanda Take Charge; A Day in the Life of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf", Inside Africa, CNN, October 14, 2006
- Satya, June/July 2006
- Kimberlee Acquaro at Women Make Movies