Talent Guide

Micah Garen

  • Discipline:Director
  • Program Year:Documentary Lab 2011


Micah Garen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, photographer, author who has worked in conflict zones around the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, southeastern Turkey and southern Lebanon. His writing and photography have been published in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, the Financial Times Magazine and the Associated Press, among others. His documentary film work has appeared in the New York Times Digital, FT.com, APTN, PBS, and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. His critically acclaimed first book, American Hostage, a memoir about his kidnapping in Iraq, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2005. He is currently in post-production on a feature-length documentary about the looting of archaeological sites in Iraq, The Road to Nasiriyah, a film about the war in southern Afghanistan, and a film about the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Micah has spoken extensively in the media about his experiences in Iraq, and was profiled in a CBS Sunday Morning piece that was nominated for an Emmy. Micah has received several fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation, and was selected to participate in the 2009 IFP Documentary Film Lab. Micah Garen founded Four Corners Media with Marie-Hne Carleton in 2000. When not sleeping in Tahrir Square, he lives in Brooklyn with his dog Zeugma.

Current Project



The Road to Nasiriyah is the extraordinary journey of two American filmmakers to document the unprecedented looting of archaeological sites following the 2003 Iraq war. The film is a story of passion; it is a poetic meditation on post-war Iraq and an intellectual thriller that ends in a dramatic kidnapping.