ESTHER BUCKAREFF

Director, Researcher

Esther is an interactive documentary filmmaker of web and film living in Toronto. A dual citizen of the US and Canada, she was born in San Francisco and spent her childhood and young adult years in London, Ontario. Raised in a family business, she combines her affinity for small business with a corporate career in import buying (HBC) and over ten years in web development. As a documentarian, her niche is the interview - facilitating the voice of the individual through audiovisual storytelling. Online, her work explores the net as a medium for mass communication through an engaging user experience and relevant content. She is an advocate of social justice - human rights, protecting the lives of vulnerable children and advocating for integrity and accountability in public organizations, which include charities, religion, business and government. Her perspective is shaped by personal experience, and studying under the teachings of - or working for and learning from - professional and accomplished mentors whose influence ranges from finance, accounting and business, to human rights, ethics and the fine arts.

Esther holds a BA in Political Science (University of Western Ontario), Diploma in Digital Media Technologies, Teacher in Adult Training Certificate, Certificate in Film Directing (Cuba, EICTV) and a Masters in Documentary Media from Ryerson University.