Toronto, ON, Canada
Moscow-born, Toronto-based Nika Belianina has been making fiction and documentary films since 2005. Her work has been screened at Oscar-qualifying, human rights and other international film festivals in North America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East and gained her 7 awards. Nika’s photographs have been showcased in Belgium, Canada and USA at more than 20 exhibitions. She’s also a recipient of OAC grants and artist residencies in USA and Peru.
Belianina's works are full of motion, varying in theme and genre. Her photographs reflect her view of life and its mysteries as well. Through her work she hopes to convey the hidden magic of our surroundings and to evoke the thirst to dream and question.
2016 - Best Documentary Film, 2013 - Silver medal, 2013 - Residency award, 2013 - Best Canadian Film, 2013 - Best Experimental film, 2011 - Interdisciplinary Residency Award, 2010 - Honorable mention, 2007 - Best Fiction film, 2007 - Cinematic Excellence
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I was told that this is the most dangerous place in Peru. Belen lies at the edge of the city of Iquitos, in the floodplain of the Itaya River. It is home to some 65,000 people, most of them poor, and many of whom live in extreme poverty. Naturally, I met some of the kindest people there.