POLA RAPAPORT is a writer, director, and editor of many award-winning films.

Filmography: “Nadia Comaneci: The Gymnast and the Dictator”, on the ambiguous relationship between the young “Perfect Ten” Olympic gymnast and Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu; “Hair: Let the Sun Shine In”; “Writer of O”, portrait of the elusive author of the erotic novel Story of O; “Family Secret”, the story of discovering the filmmaker’s secret Romanian brother; “Blind Light”, hybrid documentary/drama of a photographer’s peak experience in an Italian villa, starring Edie Falco; and “Broken Meat,” B/W Sundance competition doc depicting the mad poet Alan Granville. Several of her films have been co-produced by Arte/France.

Editor of many feature documentaries, including “Museum Town”, (SxSW 2019), “A Woman Like Me” starring Lily Taylor (SxSW Directing Award, 2015). Pola has also edited Kathy Leichter’s festival favorite “Here One Day”, on the impact of a mother’s suicide on her family. She consulted on Kirsten Johnson’s Oscar-short-listed “Cameraperson”.

Rapaport is a recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, an Emmy nominee and winner of numerous grants and awards. She is a graduate of NYU Tisch and teaches editing there.

Married to DP Wolfgang Held, with whom she has often collaborated. Dual citizen, USA/France. 

Graduate of the Institute of Film and Television at New York University. Professor of Film Editing, NYU.

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.



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