Gabrielle Pfeiffer

director • writer • producer

Prizes, Screenings and Critical Acclaim


Winner, President’s Award, North Carolina Film Awards

Winner, Birmingham Film Festival, Best Costumes

Nominated, Birmingham Film Festival, Best Short Film

Nominated, Best Short Film, Cairo International Film Festival

Berlin Short Film Festival

Short and to the Point Film Festival

Global India International Film Festival

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival

Facing the Dead

Winner, Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival

European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück

Global Voices International Documentary Film Festival, Harvard University

Port Townsend Film Festival

United Nations Association Film Festival

Goethe Institut, Washington, D.C.

Maida Withers Dance Construction Company “Thresholds Crossed” dance performance choreographed to excerpts from the film, Washington, D.C.

“A Poet on the Frontline: The Reportage of Ryszard Kapuscinski”

Festival de Granada – Cines del Sur, Granada

Festival du Cinema de Bruxelles

Cracow Film Festival

Kinoglaz/Movie Eye Film Festival, Tver (Russia)

The Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival, Pittsburgh

Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin

PEN America/ Tribute to Ryszard Kapuscinski with Salman Rushdie, New York

Frontline Club, London

English PEN’s Writers in Translation, Kapuscinski, Liverpool, UK

Ryszard Kapuscinski: Encounters, Gdansk

Glosna Sanotnosc, Poznan

Cafe Cinema, Montreal

Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club, Los Angeles

Albanian Media Institute/Frontline Club, Tirana, Albania

Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Ottawa, Canada

Polen Grenzenlos NRW, Bielefeld, Germany

Grenzgänge – Die Reportagen Ryszard Kapuscinskis, Saarbrücken

Ryszard Kapuscinski: Fotografien aus Afrika, Düsseldorf

European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

The Polish Club Inc. of San Francisco

“It Just Takes One”

Winner, CINE Golden Eagle

(shared with project team)

“Yo, Quixote

Winner, Suffolk County Film and Video Festival

                                                        FACING THE DEAD”  Reviews

“A suspenseful atmosphere reminiscent of Tarkovsky’s ‘The Mirror’”

                                                                                                 - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

“Gabrielle Pfeiffer’s documentary was deeply moving ... More of this type of illumination!”

                                                                                                 - Nordwest Zeitung

“... Not only a view into the past but, again and again, connections to today’s Russia...

Not only a documentation, but a memorial to the murdered.”

                                                                                                 - Frankfurter Rundschau

“History can be this exciting!... Impressive images are the strength of this documentary.”

                                                                                                 - RTV Online

“A poignant plunge into the kingdom of shadows...The personal accounts are...devastating.”

                                                                                                - Le Nouvel Observateur


                                                                                                - Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung

“Surprising...the stories told contrast the past and present, nostalgia with daily realities.”

                                                                                                - Le Soir



“This film is a must-see for fans of his books, but also for anyone looking for a bit of  inspiration.”

                                                                                            - Montreal Mirror

“The film about Richard K. is wonderful and wonderfully told, edited, saying yes between every cut... Thank you and everybody for this film, which is like the wallet of a traveler – without money but with notes from  everybody.”

                                                                                            -  John Berger

“...a terrific ... film...  A good reason to see this film is as a primer to Kapuscinski’s writing.  The best reason is to see what you can take away from it...    Great writer.  Fascinating man. Powerful film.”

                                                                                            -  Jesse Kornbluth

“A Poet on the Frontline”  listed on Damien Love’s pick of the week’s TV (BBC broadcast)

                                                                                            - The Herald Scotland

“This film is a must see for anyone who has any interest in understanding today's world...(it is) fluid, thoughtful and captures the essence of Kapuscinski.”

                                                                                            - Alexandra Pratt




Cheekie Award,  Drew University Dramatic Arts Prize

First Prize,   Drew University Photography Competition

Captain and Most-Valuable-Player Award,  Equestrian Team, Drew University

Omicron Delta Epsilon,  Honor Society in Economics

“A Poet on the Frontline: The Reportage of Ryszard Kapuscinski”


Harvard University

University of Cambridge

Columbia University

Stanford University

University of Chicago

University of Minnesota

University of Maryland

University of California

Loyola University

Boston College

Université de Montréal

University of Illinois

University of Western Ontario

Wake Forest University

University of Toronto

University of Colorado

Johns Hopkins University

New York University

Georgetown University

University of Pennsylvania

University of Michigan

Ithaca College

Duke University

Bibliothèque Nationale de Luxembourg

Bridgewater State University

Université du Québec à Montréal

University of Washington

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Northwestern University

University of British Columbia

Academic Acquisitions:

National Endowment  for the Humanities -

recipient full-funding