Director/Producer Norah Shapiro left a decade-long career as a public defender in 2002 to pursue documentary filmmaking. Her short film "A Sacred Heart" won the 2006 Minnesota History Centerâ€™s Emerging Filmmaker Award. Her first feature, "If You Dare," (2009 feature documentary about a theater company that mentors inner-city kids premiered at the 2009 Hot Springs Documentary Festival, had it's broadcast premiere on Twin Cities Public Television in April 2011, and received a starred "highly recommended" review by Library Journal. During production on â€œIf You Dare,â€ Norah first learned of the existence of a Tibetan Beauty Pageant, and was hooked by the apparent paradox and inherent questions of cultural identity. She began production in Dharamsala, India in 2006, and is currently in post-production working on a rough cut assembly. In addition to her independent documentary productions, Norah produces documentary-style videos for nonprofits, and archival video documentation for artists, performers and individuals.