Sabaah uses written and visual media to bring a fresh perspective to the urgent questions of our time. A Los Angeles native, she has thrived in vastly different environments, from South Central LA to the Upper West Side. Her outlook on social change is both inclusive and unapologetic. She attended Columbia University as a premedical student and graduated with a degree in biology. Outside-the-box thinking and passion for social good then drew her to community organizing.
Sabaah is currently co-directing and producing a feature length documentary entitled Whose Streets, which chronicles the experiences of four activists living in Ferguson, Missouri. The film has received support from the Sundance Documentary Film Program, Tribeca Film Institute, Ford Foundation, MacArthur and more.
Following the film's release, she plans to continue writing, directing, and producing documentary and narrative work that challenges the status quo. She is especially interested in creating episodic content for digital and television broadcast.
Live Discussion: Why Do Only the Privileged Make Films - She Does
10 FIlmmakers to watch in 2016 - Independent Magazine
SABAAH FOLAYAN TALKS RACE, GENDER, AND THE POWER OF EDUCATION - GLAMOUR MAGAZINE
I won my first competition back in 2010 at the Mountain West Regional Championships held at Moab, Utah. Sending a 5.13a sport route in a single attempt earned me first place in the Men’s division. Before then, I’d received 1st and 2nd place at a few youth competitions. 2010 was my entry into the big leagues. A couple months after Moab, Utah, I traveled to El Paso, TX for the National Championships. I got second place by sending a 5.13c sport route in two attempts.
In 2012, I won first place in the Nationals held at Acadia National Park, Maine by flashing a V12 bouldering problem. It was my first time visiting the East Coast and I was glad to have been used to Jackson Hole’s more humid weather. I think that gave me an advantage that climbers from drier regions didn’t have. In 2015 I entered my first international competition in Cochamó, Patagonia, Chile. I didn’t place, but plan to for the 2016 championship in Krabi, Thailand.