#DirectedbyWomen had the chance to connect with Marisol Gómez-Mouakad this month following the premiere of her film Angélica, which takes its protagonist home to Puerto Rico… and through a journey of personal discovery.
DBW: Your film Angélica recently received its world premiere at Curacao International Film Festival Rotterdam and I believe you were in attendance. Can you share something about the experience?
MG-M: It was incredible. The audience really responded to the film. The first night we had a packed house. The second we had a good-sized audience and the last day was sold out. The audience really connected to the film, which was a surprise. When you make a film you hope to connect but you never know if they will. Continue reading “Marisol Gomez-Mouakad: Moving Forward”
Two Finnish creatives—Director Pirjo Ojala and choreographer Anna Venäläinen—have teamed up to create Burning Voices, a documentary that “combines dance, interviews, abstract images and images of everyday life into a multilayered film, exploring and contemplating the complexity of surviving violence and building an identity.” They are currently crowdfunding for resources to facilitate filming in Pakistan. The production will also take the team to Uganda and the US.
#DirectedbyWomen had the chance to talk with Pirjo and Anna this week. Continue reading “Pirjo Ojala and Anna Venäläinen: Identity and humanity”
During a recent conversation with filmmaker, teacher, activist, & visionary Alexandra Hidalgo, I had a chance to ask her about the incredible work she’s doing to move us forward in our understanding and practice of feminist filmmaking. She is involved in many different projects. We moved from topic to topic, becoming deeply engrossed.
I hope you find the discussion invigorating and informative. I have to say that after the conversation concluded I realized we hadn’t even talked about her new film, which screens at Capital City Film Festival in Lansing, MI tonight! So before diving into the conversation, please enjoy this trailer of Teta, the story of Alexandra’s journey nursing her youngest son, Santiago, for twenty-two months. Continue reading “Alexandra Hidalgo: Feminist Visionary”
“In a nation divided by fear and ignorance, it is imperative to tell stories that build empathy through understanding; to fight against the reduction of nuanced realities to tweetable bites.”
#DirectedbyWomen had a chance to chat with independent filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal recently to talk about her work and the campaign underway to fund her feature film Forbidden Steps, “a uniquely Muslim-American story of patriotism and the right to pursue the American dream.” The crowdfunding campaign is live now on Seed&Spark.
DBW: Iram, in these volatile times you label yourself a Filmmaker | Activist and describe yourself as a “Physics Olympian turned filmmaker.” What kind of impact are you hoping to make in the world? How has switching from science to film helped you realize your vision?
IPB: I want to engage people in conversations of universality, empathy, survival and the commonality in being different. I want to minimize us vs them so we can unite and face the challenges of a world getting more complicated and warmer by the minute. Continue reading “Iram Parveen Bilal: Minimizing Us vs Them”
Filmmaker Jessiline Berry took time this week to share about her new film project A Night to Remember, her personal experience of sexual abuse, and her decision to utilize her skills as a filmmaker “to do right by [her] survivor sisters.” I hope you’ll read what she has to say, back her film project, and pass the word. Let’s help get her film made and out into the world.
DBW: Jessiline, I was so moved by your Kickstarter video where you describe your film A Night to Remember, talk about the devastating impact of date rape, and convey the importance of getting this story out into the world. What inspired you to create this film and who do you hope will see it?
JB: Violence and abuse have, unfortunately, been significant in my history. I could say I’m a strong woman now in spite of it, or because of it. But as strong, smart, and articulate as I am, when it came to dealing with being date raped, I was kind of surprisingly silent. I was 29 years old when it happened. I was about to finish my masters at an Ivy League institution. I had been in therapy to deal with the trauma of an abusive marriage. I had overcome. I started dating again after my divorce, and met a nice guy who took me to nice meals, and movies at the Magic Johnson theater, and eventually raped me. And I was like…how did I miss this…how did I misjudge this man? I thought I should’ve known better. At the time, I spent way more energy blaming myself than blaming him. I remember I didn’t even tell my therapist because we were wrapping up our time together because I had done so well, and the trauma of my abusive marriage was basically behind me. I was embarrassed to tell her I had been victimized again. Continue reading “Jessiline Berry: Yes is YES”