Ömer Sami (b. 1993) is a documentary filmmaker of British-Trinidadian, Turkish-Irish decent. He tells character-led stories, often through a child’s eyes and mind.

His recent film Sam and the Plant Next Door (The Guardian) received an Ekko Shortlist Award for Best Documentary, was nominated for an IDA Documentary Award, Danish Academy Award (Robert Award), Critics' Choice Award and premiered at the 2019 Camden International Film Festival (CIFF). His work as director and editor has featured on Vimeo Staff Pick, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Aeon, Scandinavian broadcasters DR and SVT, and festivals worldwide.

Alongside filmmaking, he works as a screener for the Sundance Documentary Film Program and a programming consultant for Concordia Studio’s Artists in Residence fellowship program. He is currently studying Documentary Directing at The National Film School of Denmark in Copenhagen.

email: omer.sami@me.com

Sam and the Plant Next Door / 23' / 2019  (The Guardian)
A Place in the Family / 19′ / 2017
24-hour Refugee Hotline / 7′ / 2015  (The Guardian)

The Lost Leonardo – Andreas Koefoed / (in production)/ (assistant editor + director’s assistant)
The Distant Barking of Dogs – Simon Lereng Wilmont /90’ / 2017 (production assistant)
Lykketoft and the Occasionally United Nations – Andreas Koefoed & Lea Glob/ 58′ / 2017 (additional editor + director's assistant)
Land of the Free – Camilla Magid / 90′ / 2017 (production assistant)
Les Sauteurs – Moritz Siebert, Estephan Wagner, Abou Sidibé / 80’ /2016 (production assistant)
The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer / 98’ / 2014 (production assistant)

A Day in a Life / Columbus forlaget / 2019 (director + editor)


Hess is More: Apollonian Circles / 2020 (photographer + editor)
Artistic Practice: Jakob Kudsk Steensen / Andreas Koefoed, for Bikuben Fonden / 2019 (editor)
Cadavre Exquis / Jesper Just / 2019 (co-editor)
An Occupation of Loss / Taryn Simon / 2018 (assistant editor)

The World Piece / agency: &Co. / client: Momondo /2019 (assistant editor)

Ferry Tales (5-part series) / client: DFDS / 2019 (editor)

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