Serge Bakalian is a San Francisco-based filmmaker and activist. He was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon and immigrated to the Los Angeles area in 1986. He attended Cornell University and Loma Linda earning a B.S. in Chemistry, then completed his studies at the London School of Economics with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in International Relations. He worked as a Programme Aide at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and a Science Advisor for Greenpeace International. In 2007 Serge caught the artist bug and moved to San Francisco to develop and produce film and theatre projects.
Prior to joining the AFF, Serge helped produce theatrical works dedicated to exploring Middle Eastern cultures and identities. In 2011, he completed the award-winning “Default: the Student Loan Documentary,” which was released on PBS and over 140 broadcasting stations around the country. In late 2012 he started production on his current film, “Way of the Warthogs,” which was soon awarded a FilmHouse residency by the SF Film Society and SF Film Commission.
In his career and activism Serge has worked on a wide range of issues and campaigns, from defending the biodiversity of the world’s food supply against genetic modification to the rights of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza. His work and activism have led him to many parts of the world, and extensively throughout the Middle East.