Bia, Film Director

Bia, Film Director

“It’s difficult to be a woman of color in [North] America. I have to fight against prejudice and people keep saying I look so young. That’s great in a way, but I can’t help but feel underestimated for what I can do. It’s been a constant struggle for me growing up—proving myself—but now that I’ve learned so much, I’m still perceived as a child. I try to not let that get to me, in a way it’s like having an invisibility cloak or being the dark horse who suddenly wins the race. I do think I offer a decisive leadership on set that is also respectful and compassionate, which is missing in the world right now. I actually take pride in having a different style. I create the type of dynamic that I wish to see in the world: a crew with women in the key roles, where each person is valued and respected, and I direct films about women. If I want to see that in the world, it has to start with me.”

(c) Apa Agbayani

Maan

Maan

Gwen of Gwen Rakotovao Company

Gwen of Gwen Rakotovao Company