Mini Bio (1)
Writer-director Allyna immigrated to the United States at a young age and grew up in a small Colorado town. Her love for storytelling stems from her family, who habitually sat her on their lap and told stories according to Asian oral traditions. She was an avid reader, which is still true, and in elementary school her teachers nudged her towards creative writing, which she did prolifically. Her fifth-grade teacher wrote in her yearbook, "I bet you're going to be famous someday." Childhood heroes include: Eleanor Roosevelt (whom young Allyna loved for "all the good she did and all the lives she touched"), Sacajawea (with whom she shares a love of adventure), and Louisa May Alcott (who wrote the free-spirited Jo March from Little Women, Allyna's favorite book as a child).
For a long time Allyna loved science and was set on becoming a neurosurgeon. Although the arts eventually eclipsed the sciences, she is still fascinated with diseases, which led to the making of "Mua Mua/Rain Season", a documentary that follows the life of a woman living with Leprosy in the jungles of Vietnam. The film premiered at the Tampere Film Festival.
Allyna attended film school in Los Angeles. She moved there at 18 knowing she wanted to pursue film although she had never visited the city before.
Combining her linguistic skills with filmmaking, Allyna aids in humanitarian efforts and is inspired by the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Africa. Her charity work means she often visits war zones and refugee camps, which she accredits to keeping her grounded and inspiring her to write real people in the most difficult of situations. Allyna holds a Masters from the prestigious University of Bradford which is considered to have the world's leading Peace Studies/Conflict Resolution department. She resides in the UK.
Upcoming productions include Yellow Jonquils (2009) and Red Betta (2010).
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jane D.