With her friend and mentor, the late Haskell Wexler, Suree worked as producer and additional camera on the documentary
Four Days in Chicago (2013), where she recorded Wexler's return to his hometown Chicago for the 2012 NATO protests. The film screened in festivals worldwide, including the Woodstock, Social Justice, and Chicago International Social Change Film Festivals.
Suree received her MFA in Directing (Documentary) from Columbia College Chicago. Her thesis Tampico chronicled an iconic Chicago street performer, who, as the last person left in her family, plays all the instruments of their traditional song. The film won the Studs Terkel Award for Community Media and screened in festivals and community events.
As a Filmmaker and Media Professor and Educator, Suree believes in paying it forward for the next generation of storytellers and works hard to ensure that the filmmaking landscape continues to grow in its inclusion of diverse voices and a more equitable industry (labor and environmental practices). Suree teaches and mentors at the Evergreen State College and in masterclasses and workshops from Pine Ridge to Oaxaca. She was an instructor at Arizona State University, Columbia College Chicago, for non-profits and internationally at the EICTV film school in Cuba. Suree worked as an Artist-in-Residence with arts integration programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CCAP Project AIM) and Chicago hospitals (Snow City Arts). In 2003, Suree worked with Owe Aku to develop the Lakota Media Project (LMP) to train Lakota girls and women dedicated to documenting their story from the inside looking out. She is part of the media and training collective the Peoples Media Project.
Since 2000 Suree has been using film as a social practice and community empowerment tool collaborating with communities and indigenous nations. Her projects and scholarship form part of larger mentorship and engagement strategies to promote critical thinking and inform positive shifts in ideas, policies, and practices. She was born in Chicago to Persian, Mexican/Polish/German parents. Suree graduated UC Santa Cruz with a BA in History and Latin American/Latino Studies, and is a mother to two young truth seekers. Suree currently resides near Denver, Colorado.
At it's essence, documentary is a relationship with life.
As filmmakers, we have an inherent responsibility to the truth.