Sasha Joelle Achilli

Sasha Joelle Achilli is a BAFTA and Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker who has worked for major UK and US broadcasters. She has spent her career getting at the heart of difficult stories in some of the most remote parts of Africa and the Middle East. She has investigated war crimes in Syria, produced BBC critically acclaimed film Outbreak where she spent five months investigating the Ebola crisis in West Africa at the height of the epidemic. She also investigated the terrorist attack in Nairobi's Westgate Mall for HBO and BBC documentary Terror at the Mall, gaining exclusive access to the CCTV footage and victims of the attack. In 2017 Sasha also produced BBC and HBO documentary, Nigeria's Stolen Daughters: kidnapped by Boko Haram about the 280 girls who were kidnapped from their school in Chibok in 2014 and the impact Boko Haram has had on thousands of other women in North-East Nigeria.

Sasha directed and produced Murdered for Love, a BBC film about the honour killing of a British-Pakistani woman and Shadow Commander: Iran’s Military Mastermind a profile of Iran’s infamous general, Qassem Suleimani, killed by an American drone strike at the beginning of 2020.

Most recently Sasha filmed, produced and directed Inside Italy’s Covid War for PBS Frontline where she goes inside a hospital in Northern Italy and tells the story of an A&E doctor on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.

Languages Spoken:

Italian and English native language, French elementary conversation


London, United Kingdom

Areas of Expertise:

Terrorism, War and Conflict, Social Issues, World

Inside Italy's COVID War
FRONTLINE goes inside a hospital battling the coronavirus crisis in northern Italy, as doctors are forced to make life and death decisions.
May 19, 2020
Kids Caught in the Crackdown
FRONTLINE and The Associated Press investigate the mass confinement of migrant children.
November 12, 2019
The vivid, inside story of how the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak began, and why it wasn't stopped before it was too late.
May 5, 2015