Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and winner of numerous grants & awards.


Writer/ director/ editor of many award-winning films.

Currently in production on MARIEKE: Death and the Racer, a portrait of the Flemish disabled athlete Marieke Vervoort,

her remarkable career, and her fight to make death with dignity available around the world. 

Creator of 12 short videos for the Hillary Clinton campaign in the last weeks of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Rapaport's most recent long-form documentary is NADIA COMANECI: The Gymnast and

the Dictator, top ratings on the Arte-France prime-time slot Documania in 2016 and awarded at Barcelona.

Other works include HAIR: LET THE SUN SHINE IN, the definitive documentary on the phenomenal Broadway

musical; WRITER OF O, a portrait of the elusive author of the erotic novel Story of O;

FAMILY SECRET, the story of the filmmaker's search into her father’s secretive life

and of the discovery of her secret Romanian brother;

BLIND LIGHT, a story of a photographer’s peak experience in a villa in

Italy, starring the star of "The Sopranos," Edie Falco; and

BROKEN MEAT, an award-winning portrait of the mad poet Alan Granville. 

Her work has had millions of views on Youtube.


Editor of several feature documentaries, including Lilly Rivlin’s portrait of the long-time progressive

community activist HEATHER BOOTH: CHANGING THE WORLD, and Craig Marsden’s PIPESTONE

Editor of the SxSW award-winning documentary/drama WOMAN LIKE ME, starring Lilly Taylor, about filmmaker Alex Sichel

turning back to her own creativity in the face of a terminal disease.

Kathy Leichter’s HERE ONE DAY depicts the fall-out on a family from the mother's suicide, and has been seen at dozens of screenings

around the country hosted by the filmmaker.  Other films edited include Rivlin's multi-award-winning GRACE PALEY:

COLLECTED SHORTS, Meera Jaffrey's FINE RAIN, as well as several successful fundraising

promos and short documentary pieces for Maysles Films and other production companies.


Awards and grants include: John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, NY Foundation for the Arts: twice named a fellow in film/video,

NYSCA grant, Special Jury Prize at Barcelona Sports Film Fest, Best Documentary on French television from the Société Civile des Auteurs Multimédia,

Best Documentary URTI (Int’l Radio and Television Union) and New Orleans, Best Cinematography at Oberhausen, Award of the Press

at St. Petersburg and others. She has been nomined for a sound editing Emmy. 


Married to DP Wolfgang Held, with whom she has often collaborated. Graduate of the Institute of Film and

Television at New York University. Post-graduate studies in Gestalt Psychotherapy at Gestalt Associates for

Psychotherapy, NYC. Founder of the BREAKING BARRIERS Workshops: An Experiential Workshop

for the Creative Spirit.


US and French nationality. 




Pola Rapaport and Wolfgang Held shooting HAIR: Let the Sun Shine In
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