Jan Haaken: Documentarian, Psychologist, and Subversive Storyteller

From refugee camps, shelters, war zones and mental hospitals to drag bars and hip-hop clubs, Jan Haaken’s documentary films focus on people and places on the social margins, drawing out their insights on the world around them. As a psychologist and documentarian, Haaken weaves research and historical analyses into rich and vividly drawn landscapes that represent the perspectives of her subjects. Through the lens of psychology, she takes intimate conversations with people in crisis into wider social vistas, bringing forces on the periphery of the action into focus.

Read the interview on Art for Ourselves →

KBOO Community Radio

Haaken is a programmer at KBOO Community Radio in Portland, Oregon and co-producer of the Old Mole Variety Hour, a public affairs program on Monday mornings from 9-10 am. The Old Mole goes underground to expose movements from below to create a more just society. Programs include interviews, news, and reviews, from books, films, music, and theater to reporting on struggles locally and around the world. Haaken regularly contributes to the Left and the Law and the Movie Moles segments.

Old Mole Variety Hour on KBOO.fm →


Haaken is currently collaborating with the Department of Sociology and focused on the experiences of migrants and asylum seekers in the UK.