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Professor Kafia Haile

Assistant Professor of Film Production

Office: Music Education 219
Visual and Performing Arts
College of Arts & Sciences


Kafia Haile’s career began at the Pentagon as Defense Intelligence Agency’s Iraqi Tribes and Culture Analyst. She transitioned to film and TV to bring global politics and social justice to a wider audience.<b> </b>She is a 2015 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Semifinalist and the writer of MR. HALL’S INTERVIEW, described in <i>Fortune</i> as a short film “everyone who works should see.” Kafia is a 2016 semifinalist in Works for Progress for scripts that inspire social change, sponsored by Participant Media (producers of SPOTLIGHT and <i>When They See Us</i>) . Most recently, she shadowed a director on the upcoming AMC series <i>61<sup>st</sup> Street</i>, produced by Michael B. Jordan. <br><br>Kafia joined the faculty of Clayton State University in 2001 as an Assistant Professor of Film Production. She is a graduate of Spelman College, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.


BA, Philosophy, Spelman College, 2002

MA, International Relations, The Fletcher School at Tufts University, 2005

MFA, Screenwriting, University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, 2015

Awards and Honors

Nicholl Fellowship Semifinalist, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Award, 2015

Semifinalist, Works for Progress, Participant Media, Award, 2016