Documentary films
Isabelle Carbonell


I make lots of different types of films,
all loosely falling under the term “documentary.”


Isabelle Carbonell is a Belgian-Uruguayan-American award-winning documentary filmmaker, with a background in environmental science and social science. She is currently working on her PhD in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as on her second feature "The Camel Race" for Al-Jazeera Documentary Channel. Carbonell's documentary work has taken her to India, Qatar, UAE, Cuba, Mexico, Vietnam, the Dominican Republic, Nepal, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Oman, Nicaragua, and beyond. Carbonell is based on both the east and west coast: Washington D.C. and Santa Cruz, CA.

Research Interests: Environmental anthropology, experimental ethnographic film, environmental justice, surveillance/dataveillance studies, the ethics of big data in agriculture, reinvented traditions/heritage revival, sustainable agriculture, and indigenous participatory filmmaking.


My stream of (visual) consciousness with the ubiquitous iphone.

Skills, clients and availability

I am a one-woman-band with my own equipment, specializing in cinematography, directing, and travel. Fluent French, English; advanced Spanish; spotty Arabic.

For availability, email, or call (831) 200-3380.

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Sometimes photos speak louder than films.