Sara Baumann is a researcher, filmmaker and creator from the United States. Educated at the University of Michigan as a sociologist with a concentration in health and aging and peace and social justice, Sara went on to complete a Fulbright Scholarship on gender and public health in Bangladesh. During her stint of 3.5 years in Bangladesh, she concentrated on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which led to a research study on perceptions of illness, health seeking behaviors and barriers to health care among hijra (transgender) in urban Dhaka. She completed her Master’s degree in Public Health on this topic with an anthropological lens for analysis, and qualitative research methods.
Upon completing her research degrees, Sara began to study film and use it as a method for conducting and disseminating research. With a deeply embedded interest in development and public health issues, Sara is also very passionate about using creative techniques to dive deeper into such issues. She went on to form Old Fan Films, her film production company where she specializes in the creation of audio visual materials for a wide range of development subjects ranging from climate change, water and sanitation, coping with illness, to menstrual hygiene management and more. She has traveled extensively and created films in India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Sri Lanka, USA, Czech Republic and more. Sara also has experience working in a fast-paced environment for an international advertising agency, where she worked as a regional producer for the production of television commercials for a massive beauty brand.
Sara creates short films and experimental films to continue to explore creative methods for story telling.
Sara is also the creative director and clothing designer for Where in the World Apparel.