Robert Koenig (filmmaker)

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Robert Koenig
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Robert Koenig during the filming of "Returned"
Robert Alexander Koenig Jr.

(1975-07-09) July 9, 1975 (age 47)
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Occupation(s)Film director, producer, and writer
Years active1999–present

Robert Koenig (born July 9, 1975 in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, USA) is an American film director, producer, writer and editor. Koenig directed the documentary film "Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army", which won the 2008 Artivist Award for Child Advocacy[1][2] and produced "Coexist", which was nominated for Best Documentary Film by the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)[3][4] in 2011.

Early life[edit]

Robert Koenig grew up in Hawley, Pennsylvania and graduated from the Wallenpaupack Area School District in 1993. Koenig attended the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Filmmakers to study filmmaking; he graduated in 1998.[5]

Early career[edit]

In 1999, Robert Koenig directed his first documentary, "The Wrestler's Second: The Story of Mongolia's Struggle with Yadargaa", in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. The documentary follows a Mongolian man who is diagnosed with mysterious disease called Yadargaa. The film documents his attempts to find a cure while traveling through the Gobi Desert.[6]

After Koenig returned from living Mongolia for most of 1999, he started working at WCJB-TV in Gainesville, FL. During his time at WCJB-TV, he produced and edited the documentary style show "Police Beat" from 2000–2003.[7]

In 2003, Koenig moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he worked in public broadcasting, WPBA, and as a special projects producer for WGCL-TV (CBS46) and WXIA-TV (11 Alive). He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on the "Georgia Aquarium's Fun Fish Facts" series in 2007.[8]

Documentary Films[edit]

In 2007, Robert Koenig teamed up with medical anthropologist, Brandon Kohrt[9][10] to document the stories of several child soldiers who were associated with the Unified Communist Party of Nepal. "Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army"[11][12] tells the personal story of Nepali boys and girls as they attempt to rebuild their lives after fighting a Maoist revolution. Through the voices of former child soldiers, the film examines why these children joined the Maoists and explores the prevention of future recruitment.

In 2009, Koenig produced "Coexist" a documentary film that was shot in Rwanda and tells the stories of trauma survivors searching for ways to coexist with their loved ones' murderers.[13] Koenig also served as Field Producer during production of "Coexist" in Rwanda and continued to serve as the story consultant while the documentary was in post-production.[14] "Coexist" premiered in Boston in November 2010[15] and in March 2011, "Coexist" was nominated for Best Documentary Film by the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).[3][4] For the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, "Coexist" aired on PBS’s World Channel on April 16, 2014 and was reviewed by The New York Times .[16]


In 2014, Robert Koenig along with Brandon Kohrt and Libby King MacFarlane founded HeartMind International, a public charity (501(c)(3)) with the mission to provide culturally-appropriate and sustainable mental health care to vulnerable populations.[17][18] After the April 2015 Nepal earthquake, HeartMind International implemented its earthquake response plan by offering psychological first aid training for first responders, community health workers, and NGO workers through Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO-Nepal).[19][20]


Robert Koenig at the 2008 Artivist Film Festival & Awards




Robert Koenig has published articles and photos including:

  • Child Soldiers, Edited by Leora Kahn • ISBN 978-1-57687-455-4 (2008) [27]
  • Child Soldiers after War, by Robert Koenig and Brandon Kohrt (published in Anthropology News, May 2009)[28]
  • Koenig, R and Kohrt, B (2012). Black Water (safe water education; Nepal). In E Mendenhall and A Koon (Eds), "Environmental Health Narratives: A Reader for Youth" UNM Press 2012 • ISBN 978-0826351661 (2012) [29][30]
  • Heal Thy Neighbor, by Bruce Bower, still images and captions by Robert Koenig (published in Science News, November 29, 2013) [31]
  • Koenig, R, Kohrt, B and Kohrt, H (2015). Following the Money in Mongolia. In Gillian H. Ice; Darna L. Dufour And Nancy J. Stevens (Eds), "Disasters in Field Research "Atla Mira Press, division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015 • ISBN 978-0-7591-1801-0(2015) [32]


  1. ^ "Robert Koenig". IMDb.
  2. ^ "". January 27, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards Nominees List " « MyWeku MyWeku". March 5, 2011. Archived from the original on September 6, 2012.
  4. ^ a b [1] Archived March 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Robert Koenig". IMDb.
  6. ^ "The Wrestler's Second: The Story of Mongolia's Struggle with Yadargaa (Video 2008) - IMDb". IMDb.
  7. ^ [2] Archived September 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 26, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Emory University | Department of Anthropology Newsletter | Brandon Kohrt Film". Archived from the original on June 12, 2010.
  10. ^ "DER Documentary: Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army".
  11. ^ "Preload Image Page".
  12. ^ "Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army". Digital Himalaya. October 15, 2012.
  13. ^ "Coexist-Documentary Film Outreach Project " What is Coexist?". Archived from the original on July 29, 2010.
  14. ^ a b "Coexist-Documentary Film Outreach Project " Filmmaking Team". Archived from the original on August 1, 2010.
  15. ^ "Coexist-Documentary Film Outreach Project " 2010". Archived from the original on March 11, 2011.
  16. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (April 9, 2014). "Reconciliation Held Together With Bleeding Stitches 'Coexist,' About Rwanda 20 Years Later, on PBS" 2014". The New York Times.
  17. ^ "HeartMind International: Our Founders".
  18. ^ "HeartMind International".
  19. ^ "Earthquake-ravaged Nepal getting help from Towson area".
  20. ^ "HeartMind International: Earthquake Response".
  21. ^ "Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army". IMDb. August 22, 2008.
  22. ^ "The Wrestler's Second: The Story of Mongolia's Struggle with Yadargaa". IMDb. October 17, 2008.
  23. ^ "Returned". IMDb. September 22, 2009.
  24. ^ "Coexist (2010) - IMDb". IMDb.
  25. ^ "People Will Talk TV (TV Series 2013– ) - IMDb". IMDb.
  26. ^ "Coexist (2014) - IMDb". IMDb.
  27. ^ "Book Review: A Detroit Nocturne by Dave Jordano". April 14, 2018.
  28. ^ "AN_Koenig_Kohrt_Child+Soldiers+after+War_article_May09.jpg (image)".
  29. ^ "Global Health Narratives: A Reader For Youth".
  30. ^ Global Health Narratives for ChangeAboutTimelineAbout. "Global Health Narratives for Change – About". Facebook.
  31. ^ "Science News: Heal Thy Neighbor". November 29, 2013.
  32. ^ Disasters in Field Research.

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