First Place Documentary
"A Town Called Victoria"
Please see Samir's acceptance speech here.
Samir Mohamed Chiali is an Algerian-American entrepreneur and filmmaker. He was born in Tlemcen, Algeria and moved with his family at an early age to New Orleans, Louisiana where he spent his formative years, before relocating to Houston, Texas in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina. Samir developed a passion for film and while working as an engineer, he founded Imagineering Films, a video production company in Houston. Besides commercial work, he is working on “A Town Called Victoria”, a documentary that covers the tragic event of the burning on the Victoria Islamic Center in Victoria, TX.