Muriel Soenens is an award-winning documentary director and producer based in Brooklyn. Her work, spanning the past fifteen years, has focused primarily on contemporary social and cultural issues, as well as historical films. She has produced several films for PBS's FRONTLINE, including the Dupont-Columbia award and RFK Journalism Prize-winning Failure to Protect, as well as The Persuaders, A Hidden Life, and Pope John Paul II: The Millennial Pope. Earlier in her career she worked at PBS's AMERICAN MASTERS, where she made the biographical films Alfred Stieglitz and Richard Avedon. Between Frontline films, she produced Global Woman and Poverty for BILL MOYER'S NOW and directed AMC's Precinct Hollywood. Muriel most recently directed a two-hour special for PBS, Looking for Lincoln, and a four-hour series, to air on PBS in 2015, The Italian Americans. She is currently in production on an episode of PBS's Finding Your Roots 2, with host Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.