Alan Brain

Alan Brain

Director and Editor

Washington, D. C.

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About Alan

Alan Brain is an award-winning, Peruvian-American filmmaker and film editor, working across television, film and documentary.

Alan has extensive experience on a wide array of projects including short and long-form documentaries, scripted television dramas, feature films, short films, and social media content. He has produced documentaries and educational materials for Amnesty International, the United Nations, Al Jazeera, and the American Sociological Association, on important topics such as human rights, gender, racism, poverty, immigration, health care and criminal justice.

His work has been featured at renowned film festivals including DOC NYC, DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, and Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival. His most recent feature-length documentary film, ‘The Rumba Kings,’ won numerous awards, such as Best Musical Documentary at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Best Diaspora Documentary at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, and Best Feature Documentary at the Pan-African Film Festival in Cannes.

Notable online news publications such as The Guardian, Songlines, Rolling Stone, Swiss Radio Television (RTS) and French TV5 have covered Alan’s work.

After spending most of 2021 and 2022 touring the United States and Europe in support of his most recent feature-length documentary, Alan is now based in Virginia. He is currently conducting background research for a documentary film about the cultural contributions of Peru’s neglected and discriminated Afro descendant community to Peruvian identity.

Alan Brain speaks English, Spanish, and French fluently.




  • The Rumba Kings

    The Rumba Kings (2021 - 2022)
    Documentary by Shift Visual Lab LLC Director & Editor The Rumba Kings celebrates the epic quest of Congolese Rumba. The music that helped the Congo fight colonial oppression, find freedom and forge a new identity. In the 1950s, when the Democratic Republic of the Congo was a Belgian colony, a generation of Congolese musicians fused traditional African rhythms with Afro-Cuban music to create the electrifying beat of Congolese Rumba. A beat that would carry Congo through its independence and captivate the entire African continent with its infectious groove, mesmerizing guitar licks, and smooth vocals. Featuring music by Franco Luambo and OK Jazz, Grand Kallé and African Jazz and Docteur Nico and African Fiesta Sukisa.


  • The Rumba Kings - Best Diaspora Documentary - Africa Movie Academy Awards

  • The Rumba Kings - Best Feature Documentary - Festival International du Cinema de Kinshasa

  • The Rumba Kings - Best Soundtrack - The African Film Festival (TAFF)

  • The Rumba Kings - Best Music Documentary - Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

  • The Rumba Kings - Best Documentary - Doc N´Roll Film Festival in London

  • The Rumba Kings - Best Feature Documentary - Festival International du Film Panafricain du Cannes

  • The Rumba Kings - Jury Mention for Best Documentary - Montreal International Black Film Festival

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