About Raafi Rivero

Director, Writer, Photographer, etc.

1st person: I can't stop looking at the sky. Or anyplace else.

If it involves making strong decisions about the way something looks or communicates, then that is what I do. Thank you for visiting.

For inquiries or studio visits please give a shout.
painted in florida
Raafi Rivero

3rd person: Raafi Rivero has directed two features, numerous short films and mini-docs, in addition to work in design. His directing credits include a suite of promos for HBO, content for Microsoft, Sony, and the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2019 Raafi directed Legacy Lives On, an hour-long documentary for Prudential. His short film Their Eyes Were Watching Gummy Bears played more than 20 film festivals, winning honors in multiple cities. Raafi’s music videos have millions of views, including works for Styles P and Ghostface Killah.

72 Hours: a Brooklyn Love Story?, Raafi’s first feature film, premiered at the LA Film Festival and is currently streaming on Amazon.

Unarmed is Raafi's first foray into the art world. The project, a series of sports jerseys dedicated to victims of police violence, has been covered by several TV outlets and was featured in the YouTube special Black Renaissance. Articles about Unarmed have appeared in Design Observer, Yahoo! Sports, and the New York Times.

Raafi holds an MFA in Film from Howard University and a BA in Art/Semiotics from Brown University. He has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where he taught storytelling to architects.

meditation: painted in florida


for Trayvon & Sandra & Tamir & Eric & Amadou & Emmett & & &

action: unarmed.co

Raafi Rivero, OnAir Fest 2017

Selected Appearances, Lectures, Panels, Podcasts, etc.

No Film School – 2022, Academy Museum – 2021, Leon Gallery – 2021, Voices of Esalen – 2020, Stretch and Bobbito – 2020, Columbia University – 2019, Milwaukee Film Festival – 2019, Howard University – 2018, NBA Desktop – 2018, Parsons – 2017, OnAir Fest – 2017, Milwaukee Film Festival – 2016, WxW Stories – 2016, Handfull of Wheel – 2016

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