Kamelya Alexan

Born in Tehran, Iran, Kamelya moved to Chicago when she was six-years-old, where she was raised. Kamelya’s passion for film began when she was 15, after writing her first, feature length, script and pitching it to a Hollywood producer. It was after this that Kamelya found her true passion that is Directing and Producing. She has worked on, and completed, over four-five projects including independent and industry, documentaries, shorts, music videos, commercial spots, and feature films. Kamelya was the Vice President of Women In Film Chicago and worked at the Midwest’s largest camera rental house. She also held a board members position at IFP Chicago. Currently she is working as a freelancer on a new Amazon series called "Lightyears"

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Changing the Disciple

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Shango Johnson was influenced by gang life at an early age. Becoming a gang leader helped Shango realize that he had to escape if he wanted to have a happy and fulfilling future. After finding his love for yoga and faith, he left his violent past behind to help the youth of Inglewood flourish and find meaning in his new life.


CHANGING THE DISCIPLE shows how one person's change impacts the Chicago community around him.

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CHANGING THE DISCIPLE shows the change that a yoga practice made in the life of one Chicagoan. Chicago is full of opportunities to develop your own practice. Find a studio near you for your own journey to peace.

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