Emily Kinskey

is a documentary filmmaker 

and multimedia journalist




Welcome to America - TIME 

Producer - Cinematographer

Fighting ISIS: Mosul ER Treats Civilians - NBC

Producer - Video Journalist - Cinematographer - Editor

On the Frontline of Iraq's Water Crisis - Ensia

Producer - Video Journalist - Cinematographer - Editor

Latina Girls Code - MSNBC

Producer - Video Journalist - Cinematographer - Editor

Jungle Healer - Makeshift Magazine

Producer - Cinematographer

Taxi Driver Suicide - AJ+


Chicago Gun Violence in Barbershop - Fusion

Producer - Cinematographer


Malteser Iraq: Fatima

Cinematographer - Editor

IRC: Mindfulness for Iraqi Children

Cinematographer - Editor

Malteser Colombia: Beekeepers

Cinematographer - Editor

Hope Street Group: Teacher Voice

Cinematographer - Editor



This is an interactive web story - go to project website for full experience. 

In this series of 10 short films, the residents of Kiad invite us inside of their homes - homes on land "that is not inhabited" and where "no people reside" according to the Environmental and Social Summary Report prepared by GENISA, the hydroelectric power company that built Barro Blanco, a 28 mega-watt gravity dam on the Tabasara River that will displace Kiad upon its completion. For 17-years since the dam concession was granted, Kiad has refused to be silenced in the face of bribes and threats by international banks, businesses and the Panamanian government. In a final effort to prove their right to live on their ancestral land, each of the families in Kiad gives a tour of their home, reflecting on a lifetime on the land the are fighting for, and what they have to lose.

Each story is 2-4 minutes. They are in no particular order, and can be viewed individually or serially. 


So Close to the Sky


The above teaser is from our initial expedition in 2013. We have spent an additional 4 months filming over the course of 2 years. The film is in post-production with an expected release in 2017. 

SO CLOSE TO THE SKY follows an ancient footpath that links the Caribbean and Pacific oceans through the wilderness of Panama's Talamanca mountain range to connect three Ngäbe-Buglé families who are at drastically different stages of modern and traditional life in the jungle.

The Ngäbe are no longer isolated people clinging stubbornly to ancient traditions, but are experiencing an cultural evolution that will allow them to remain united as development and corruption threaten their land and human rights. While they still choose to live without electricity, running water or roads, the Ngäbe utilize religious revival, the internet, political representation and protests that effectively stalled a nation to take back their rights from a corrupt system, even when international human rights protections fail them.

The land is their sustenance, their culture, their medicine, their history and the single constant that ties together a diverse and evolving tribe.



Emily Kinskey is a multimedia journalist and documentary filmmaker who works primarily in the Middle East and Central America. Her work focuses on migration and identity of persecuted subcultures and is characterized by collaborative videography and innovative multimedia. She frequently produces, shoots and edits documentary films for outlets including NBC News, CNN, Fusion, AJ+, Ensia, and humanitarian clients including IRC, Amnesty International, CARE, and Malteser International.

Her first feature, So Close to the Sky, documents the shifting cultural identity of Panama's indigenous Ngäbe-Buglé as they navigate land and human rights abuses. The film is currently in post-production. 




Currently in: Erbil, Iraq

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