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Elena Ghanotakis

MMW 06: March 2010

Elena Ghanotakis has a B.A. in government from Dartmouth College and a masters in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has done policy and fieldwork related to HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases in countries in Africa, Asia and South America.


Ghanotakis has made one Rough Cut for Frontline World documenting the experiences of rape survivors in South Africa and is currently working on a second documentary about perpetrators going through rehabilitation in a South African prison.


Ghanotakis currently works for a Foundation that focuses on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and eradication of pediatric AIDS.


Elena participated in the March 2010 MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop. She had the following to say about her experience:


The MediaStorm Multimedia Workshop was an amazing and unparalleled learning experience. Our producer navigated us through a challenging, hands-on process from identifying a story to finalizing a multimedia piece (and everything in between).

The staff at MediaStorm are committed and passionate about sharing their excellent knowledge and skills in multimedia storytelling to empower others to create stories that will have an impact. The workshop presented a great opportunity to collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team of professionals.

I came away from the workshop with a framework and process to approach storytelling that I will incorporate into my work going forward.

Take Care by Gillian Laub, Elena Ghanotakis, Henrik Björnsson and Laura Varma

Virginia Gandee's brilliant red hair and dozen tattoos belie the reality of this 22-year-old's life. Inside her family's Staten Island trailer her caregiving goes far beyond the love she has for her daughter.