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Freida Lee Mock is a director, producer and writer who has received an Academy Award, five Academy Award nominations, two primetime Emmy Awards and three primetime Emmy nominations. She directed the 1995 Academy Award-winning Best Documentary Feature Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision, a portrait of artist/architect Lin and the gripping story behind the design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, its impact on the American people and on the life and work of Maya Lin in the following decade. Other films include Return With Honor, about American pilots shot down over North Vietnam and held in captivity; Never Give Up: The 20th Century Odyssey of Herbert Zipper, the extraordinary story of Vienna-born musician and conductor Herbert Zipper, who survived Dachau, Buchenwald and a Japanese concentration camp to become one of the great music educators of the world; Rose Kennedy: A Life To Remember; Lillian Gish: The Actor's Life for Me (primetime Emmy for Outstanding Informational Special, l989); The Kennedy Center Honors Biographies, honoring individuals for lifetime achievement in the performing arts (primetime Emmy, Best Variety Special); To Live Or Let Die, which explores the moral and ethical issues involved in the care of very ill newborns; and Screenwriters: Word Into Image, a six-part film series on the art and craft of screenwriting.

Among other award-winning films are The New Indians (National Geographic Special) narrated by Robert Redford, which looks at the impact of Red Power in contemporary Native American life; Jung Sai: Chinese Americans, a history of the impact of Chinese immigration in America; and Glory Road West, an exploration of Indian/white relations, featuring Russell Means.

Mock studied history and law, is a graduate of UC Berkeley and began her career at David Wolper Productions working on the National Geographic and Jacques Cousteau series. She is a partner in Sanders and Mock Productions and co-founded the American Film Foundation with Terry Sanders to produce films on the arts, sciences and the humanities.

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