Chai Vasarhelyi: On making a difference through film — and winning an Oscar

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Class of 2000, has produced and directed award-winning documentaries all over the world, most recently the jaw-dropping “Free Solo,” for which she won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Documentary Film. In the film, Chai documents the physical and emotional journeys of world-class climber Alex Honnold as he attempts to summit Yosemite’s 3,000-foot El Capitan without ropes. Her filmmaking journey started as a Princeton undergraduate, when she traveled to war-torn Kosovo for her senior thesis, and it has taken her around the world.