Molly Blank was the recipient of a 2005 Fulbright Scholarship to Cape Town, South Africa. While there, in addition to making this documentary, she taught grade 12 English at Oscar Mpetha High School and a Creative Arts Workshop in the township of Khayelitsha.
In 2004, Molly received a Masters in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley where she produced, directed and edited the documentary Lights in the Delta, about the impact of casinos on the black and white communities of Tunica County, Mississippi. While in school, she also was an intern at ABCNews Nightline.
From 2000-2002 she worked at the Washington, D.C.-based production company York Zimmerman Inc. where she served as a researcher and production coordinator on the Peabody award-winning film Bringing Down A Dictator, about the student movement that led to the defeat of Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia.
Prior to working in documentary production, Molly spent two years teaching public school in Washington, D.C. as part of the Teach for America program. She graduated from Tufts University in 1998 with a B.A. in History.
Molly is now working on a new documentary about young people in South Africa and their experiences and perspectives of last year's xenophobia attacks. The film examines the roles of youth as perpetrators, resistors and bystanders in the violence and its aftermath.