Sarah Van Borek is a Canadian-born, Cape Town-based documentary filmmaker, educator and PhD scholar in environmental education at Rhodes University, South Africa. Sarah is dedicated to collaborative media arts initiatives linking arts, science, museums, civil society and government for sustainable development.
Sarah has been a faculty member of Canada’s top art and design institute, the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, since 2012. She has designed and implemented project-based university courses towards social and ecological justice in collaboration with a wide range of museums: Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Courtenay & District Museum, Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and the Apartheid Museum. Sarah has been producing films and social practice media works for more than 15 years. Her work has been featured in film festivals and on television and has won numerous awards. Sarah’s passion for African music, film and sustainable development has taken her work to Gabon, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritania and Mali, working with reknown artists including: Baaba Maal, Alou Sam, Adama Yalomba, Celso Machado, Adeson Nchimbi, Afro Fiesta (Playing for Change artists), Mae Sithole, Kongo Elektro, Xixel Langa and Toto Berriel.
For her doctoral research, Sarah is using an arts-based praxis process to develop a relational model of [site-specific, media arts based] environmental education towards reconciliation in Canada and South Africa.