Vanessa Roth

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Vanessa Roth is an American filmmaker who writes, produces and directs non-fiction films and heads up social issue reform efforts through storytelling. She has won a number of film awards for her works, including a 2008 Academy Award for Best Short Documentary for Freeheld, an Alfred I duPont-Columbia award for Taken In: The Lives of America's Foster Children, two Sundance Special Jury Prizes, Cine Golden Eagles, Casey Medals and a MacArthur Grant.

Some of her award-winning films include Freeheld, Close to Home, Aging Out, Schools of the 21st Century, The Third Monday in October, 9/11’s Toxic Dust, No Tomorrow, The Other Side, American Teacher,[1] and The Texas Promise. She is also the executive producer, writer and director of Daughters of Destiny: The Journey of Shanti Bhavan - a 4 part Netflix Original documentary series released July 28, 2017.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

She earned a master's degree in Social Work with a minor in Family Law from Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn and has three children, Maya, Phoebe and Augie. She is the daughter of Academy Award-Winning screenwriter Eric Roth [4] and archeologist Linda Roth.


  1. ^ The Teacher Salary Project
  2. ^ "Review: ‘Daughters of Destiny’ on Netflix Explores Caste Struggles in India", by Mike Hale, The New York Times, July 28, 2017. [Consulted 2 August 2018].
  3. ^ "In Daughters of Destiny, Educating the 'Untouchables'", by Jenna Marotta, Vogue, July 27, 2017. [Consulted 2 August 2018].
  4. ^ "Her father's daughter", Variety, February 15, 2008

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