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 in Vancouver, since 2012 designing and implementing project-based courses with the science-based environmental NGO, the David Suzuki Foundation, and in collaboration with a wide range of museums (Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Courtenay & District Museum, Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Apartheid Museum). Sarah’s passion for African music, film and sustainable development has taken her work to 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), Xixel Langa and Toto Berriel.
For her doctoral research, Sarah is interested in exploring the intersections of art, science and traditional knowledge to address the water-climate change nexus and to explore the potential for museum/community-partnership, project-based university pedagogy to contribute to reconciliation in Canada and South Africa.