Emily Taguchi

New York, New York, United States


Emily Taguchi is a journalist and a documentary filmmaker whose work has been recognized with multiple Emmy nominations and a duPont-Columbia Award.  As director, she focuses her lens on telling complex and nuanced stories on the human experience behind the most pressing issues of our time. Her films have chronicled the lives of families in the aftermath of a school shooting; the dreams, prayers, and realities asylum seekers face; and the eleventh-hour efforts to revive a functionally extinct species. 

Her feature-length film, After ParklandE, followed the private journeys of families as they navigated the unthinkable and rose to challenge the nation on gun violence. The film, which The Hollywood Reporter described as “intimate, sensitively made, and moving,” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2019 followed by screenings at Hot Docs, AFI DOCS, among others. The same year, she and co-director Jake Lefferman were named among the “Ten Documentary Filmmakers to Watch” by Variety magazine. Her most recent film, Asylum, chronicling the paths two Honduran fathers take on their search for refuge in the U.S., premiered at the St. Louis International Film Festival. 

In 2016, she produced "Taller Than The Trees” (AFI, Tribeca), a documentary short about aging in Japan by Academy Award winning director Megan Mylan. She has also worked as a Coordinating Producer on "In Defense of Food," an Emmy-nominated film on the politics of food, and as Field Producer on "Growing Up Trans," a duPont-Columbia Award-winning film on transgender children. 

Emily recently joined CNN as a founding member of a new documentary production unit. Born in Tokyo, Japan, she graduated from Tufts University and the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.