Journalist, Author, and Community Organizer
Andrea Chalupa is a journalist, author, and community organizer. Her work has appeared in TIME, The Daily Beast, and The Atlantic. Her first screenplay Man Made—the story of George Orwell struggling to publish Animal Farm, the book that made him famous—was a Sundance finalist optioned to Lars von Trier’s Academy Award-winning Zentropa Productions. In January 2014, when the mainstream media was more concerned with Justin Bieber’s arrest in Miami than covering police violence against protesters in Ukraine, Andrea launched #DigitalMaidan, a social media movement that made Ukraine trend globally within minutes and for the very first time; the movement grew into an international crowdsourcing network that fact-checks and exposes Kremlin propaganda. An expert on social media, civic activism, Ukraine and Russia, Andrea has spoken in the Council of Europe, the National Press Club in Washington, DC, and leading universities in the US and Canada. She is the author of Orwell and The Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm.
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