Jonathan Ali is a film programmer, curator, and writer. He began his career at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (2006–2015), where, among other ground-breaking initiatives, he curated the first Caribbean retrospective of the work of Britain’s John Akomfrah and Black Audio Film Collective. He became Director of Programming for Miami’s Third Horizon Film Festival in 2016, and in 2022 curated a retrospective of the work of pioneering French-Caribbean director Sarah Maldoror. Based in London, he is co-founder of The Twelve30 Collective, which is dedicated to screening Caribbean cinema in the UK. He is a programme consultant for Open City Documentary Festival in London and Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors programme, and was previously a programme consultant with Sheffield Doc/Fest. He is a programmer for Getting Real 2022, the International Documentary Association’s biennial industry conference.


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