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Nace Zavrl

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Nace Zavrl

Nace Zavrl is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies, working on nonfiction filmmaking, globalization, and historiography. Before arriving at Harvard, Zavrl studied at King’s College and at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has written on film and experimental media for Afterimage, Senses of Cinema, the Moving Image Review and Art Journal, and NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies. He is also a regular contributor to Radio Študent, KINO!, and Ekran Magazine in Slovenia, where he also works as a sometime critic and curator of contemporary art.

In 2017, Zavrl was the recipient of the Masoud Yazdani Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Film Scholarship. More recently, he is the editor of The Resistance-Image: Militant Documentary on the Battlefields of May ’68, published by the Slovenian Cinematheque. Since 2018, he has served as a programmer at the Festival of Slovenian Film; in 2023, he will teach at the Academy of Visual Arts in Ljubljana. While in the Ph.D. program, Zavrl will research Eastern European cinephilia, political theory, and the history of Balkan media studies. At the moment, he is starting work on a dissertation titled Just Images: Committed Documentary After Yugoslavia.


  • Ph.D. Candidate in Art, Film, and Visual Studies, Harvard University
  • Graduate Student Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University