b.b. araya

maker of film-like things

  Photographed by Andrea Dane at the "We Are" Premiere Party

Photographed by Andrea Dane at the "We Are" Premiere Party

Bethiael Berhane Araya is a first-generation, Eritrean&Ethiopian-American filmmaker based in Austin, TX. Her work explores humanity through the lens of women of color, particularly of the African Diaspora. 

Her short film series, We Are, premiered and is currently streaming on Issa Rae's YouTube channel in October 2017. 

Upon moving to Austin in 2015, she had the privilege of interning for Academy Award nominated director, Richard Linklater, at Detour Filmproduction. 

Araya's short film BETA premiered as a part of Issa Rae's YouTube series, #ShortFilmSundays, in March 2017.

Her short film Mostly Time premiered at Babesfest during SXSW in 2016, at the Salvage Vanguard Theater. Michelle Obama was at a restaurant across the street at the time of the film's premiere which Araya chose to perceive as a sign from the universe.

Read more about Araya on Afropunk, NaturallyCurly,  and Babesfest