Ramaa Mosley

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Ramaa Mosley

Commercial Director and Filmmaker

If Ramaa ruled the world, she would create peace, stability and affluence for all human beings.

Ramaa Mosley is an advocate and filmmaker who, at the age of sixteen years old, directed her first documentary, “We Can Make A Difference”. The film, about the world’s grave environmental problems, won the UNEP Global 500 award , and Ramaa recently gave a Ted Talk about being a teen director called “The Power of Adolescent Directors.”

At Bennington College, Ramaa directed “Two Seasons and Home”, a documentary following the plight of twenty Jamaican farm workers working in the US. Upon graduation, she worked with the Dutch government to make “Altos Planos”, a documentary about the Aymara Indians of Bolivia.

Over the past seventeen years, Ramaa has directed feature films and hundreds of award winning commercials, and was named one of Shoot Magazine’s top 10 Female directors. In the Fall of 2013, Mosley directed the Afghanistan segment of “Girl Rising”, which was nominated for outstanding documentary at the Image Awards. Her debut feature film, “The Brass Teapot”, premiered at TIFF and was nominated for the International Critics’ Award (FIPRESCI) and Saturn Award, and she just finished post production on her second feature film, the dramatic thriller “Tatterdemalion”.

Ramaa is a vocal advocate for girls’ and women’s rights around the world, launching the US social media campaign behind “Bring Back Our Girls”, which brought the story of 276 kidnapped Nigerian School Girls to the mainstream media. She also founded Food for School, a grass roots program that sends girls to school in rural Afghanistan.

In 2014 Ramaa founded Adolescent Content, a production and media company dedicated to content made by youth for youth. As CEO, she oversees mentoring all Adolescent’s youth filmmakers, as well as new campaigns and the creation of original content.

Rama’s favorite TED Talk is Joshua Prager: In Search for the Man Who Broke My Neck.

2016 Talk

The Power of a Hashtag

In 2014 when 276 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by the Boko Haram, Ramaa felt called to help, by activating a US social media campaign to promote “Bring Back Our Grils.” In her dramatically moving talk, Ramma shares her personal story of courage and backlash as the untamable and unpredictable fury of a hash tag swept her life in an unwanted direction.