Jennifer Baichwal

Jennifer Baichwal is a Canadian documentary maker. She studied philosophy and theology at McGill University, Montreal. She has been directing and producing documentaries for nearly twenty years. In her films she tries to depict specific people and describe their individual stories from an up-close perspective but in a universal context. Her first film Looking You in the Back of the Head was based on interviews with thirteen women whom she asked to describe their own image of femininity. The film enjoyed very good reception and paved the way for her subsequent projects, including Let it Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles (1998), The True Meaning of Pictures (2003) and Act of God (2009). Her latest film Payback, a documentary adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012.