Kris Kerehona. Bougainville, PNG, Operation Render Safe, 2015.

Kris Kerehona. Bougainville, PNG, Operation Render Safe, 2015.

My name is Kris Kerehona, I am a documentary photographer and award-winning filmmaker. I constantly see life through a lens, foraging for moments or things and the opportunity of finding, making and sharing a compelling story. I create works which are now part of national collections in many leading national cultural institutions. Some of these include the Australian War Memorial, Indian National Museum,  Christchurch Art Gallery (NZ), Te Papa Museum (NZ), National Museum of Modern Art Istanbul, Imperial War Museum (UK) and the The National War Museum and Memorial, (US).  

 

Biography

Kris Kerehona is a documentary filmmaker based in the Australian Capital Territory. He is the recipient of the Canberra Critic's Circle Award for his film Dancing Auschwitz (2012) and was also awarded Best Documentary Film at the 2012 Canberra Short Film Festival. In 2013, Kris produced more than five independent short documentary films for the Canberra 100 Centenary of Canberra celebrations, documenting the arts programs and an additional five more, following the lives of five Canberra Centenarians. He also post-produced at the feature documentary Between the Flags (2013), the first definitive history of surf lifesaving in Australia. His previous film Captain of the Team (2010), also a Canberra Short Film finalist, was included as part of Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes' The Great Flag Debate and was selected by the National Film and Sound Archive’s Indigenous Black Screen Compilation, currently touring Australia. From 2006 to 2009, Kris worked as a Producer at Silver Sun Pictures and collaborated on the feature documentary Tibet's Cry for Freedom (2009), featuring the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. During this time, he founded Short Story Big Screen - a multicultural filmmaking festival for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. He
was also a Media Consultant to the ACT Department of Education's Step Into the Limelight Film Festival for three years, and, Director of the Canberra Short Film Festival in 2008 and 2009. Kris was also Administrator and Public Officer at the ACT Filmmakers Network from 2004 – 2009, and President of the University of Canberra’s Media Production Society in 2004.
In 2009, Kris graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Communication and Media Production from the University of Canberra.