Reflections: 20 Years of Sorensen Fellows

Abraham "AB" Troen '14
2013 Sorensen Fellow
KENASVIT, Kenyan Alliance of Street Vendors and Hawkers
Kenya

Read AB's 2013 Sorensen Fellow essay here.

abFor the past five years, AB has been working on documentary projects across the US and abroad, advancing stories and topics he deeply cares about. In the last two years, he has been documenting LGBT immigrants and asylum seekers living in LA.

“Entering our subjects’ homes and documenting their journeys for over a year, editing late into the night, and encountering more than once, real ethical dilemmas behind and in front of the camera raised many questions. There were really difficult moments when I felt lost in the process, both technically, logistically, and personally, as the director—and asked myself, ‘Why do I want to make this film? And how am I going to make it?’”

More than once, thinking through his Sorensen experience helped AB get un-stuck.

ab“More than any technical aspect of filmmaking, being able to revisit my past self has been helpful in discovering that something in the core of the themes I was processing back then as a Sorensen fellow seemed to be the force still driving and guiding me today.”

After Brandeis, AB studied at Sam Spiegel, and later completed an MFA at USC in 2017, where he was awarded the Annenberg Fellowship for three years. He is currently working as a documentary director and cinematographer based out of Los Angeles in projects shot in the US, Mexico and Israel. He has since filmed in Israel, Kenya, India, Mexico and the US. AB’s work has screened at Doc NYC, OutFest, Big Sky, Hot Springs, and online for Conde Nast and OUT Magazine.