Yoni Brook

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In the valley of Kashmir, a lakeside city convulses with riots and curfews. When a young man tries to escape, he meets a beautiful environmentalist in an abandoned houseboat. Trapped together in his floating village, their blossoming romance threatens to derail his dreams.



YONI BROOK is a cinematographer and director. He has shot intimate moments with luminaries such as the Dalai Lama, and filmed in conflict zones around the world. With Musa Syeed, Brook co-directed Bronx Princess, about a teenage African princess, which broadcast nationally on PBS’s POV series and premiered at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam. Brook also co-directed The Calling, a four hour mini-series about young religious leaders, premiering on PBS’s Independent Lens.

His directorial debut, A Son’s Sacrifice, about a family slaughterhouse in Queens, won Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival and broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens. The film was named the year’s Best Documentary Short by the International Documentary Association. As a photojournalist, Brook worked at the New York Times and the Washington Post, among other publications. His work from 9/11 received highest honors at the Pictures of the Year International and Best of Photojournalism competitions. He was named national College Photographer of the Year by the Missouri School of Journalism and was the youngest ever to be selected for Photo District News’ “30 Photographers to Watch”.

Brook’s commercial clients include IBM, Facebook, Time, the Ford Foundation and Target. Brook is an alumnus of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Film & Television Department. He was selected to attend the CPB/PBS Producers Academy at WGBH and the Berlinale Talent Campus. He has mentored high school students at Reel Works Teen Filmmaking in Brooklyn and served as a consulting producer for Cinereach’s Reach Film Fellowship. As a teacher, Brook has instructed students at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Barefoot Workshops in the Mississippi Delta.