Amir Husak was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina (fmr. Yugoslavia), but emigrated in his early teens due to armed conflict. His cross–cultural experiences triggered his interest in media making as a means of overcoming communication barriers and other borders, real or imagined. He has worked as a director, editor and sound designer on numerous films and art installations.
Combining emergent and traditional media, essay and experimental techniques, Husak’s work primarily explores documentary as social practice and investigates digital media representations of history and identity. He has shown films and interactive media projects at such diverse places as South by Southwest (US), Sundance Film Festival (US), Cinemateca Distrital (Bogota, Colombia), Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia&Herzegovina), Stadtmuseum Graz (Austria), P.O.V./PBS (US), Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (US), TV Cultura (Brazil), Full Frame Film Festival (US) and others.
Over the last decade, he has been teaching courses and conducting workshops on socially engaged filmmaking and interactive media at universities and community media centers in United States, Europe and South America. Both Fulbright and Jack Kent Cooke fellow, Husak frequently publishes articles and essays on activist documentary and collaborative media practices. More recently he also co-edited a volume on socially engaged art and activist media in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Husak is currently an Assistant Professor and Director of Documentary Studies Graduate Certificate program in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York.