Festival de Cine Global Dominicano
Michelle Materre gives talk on the impact of women in film

“At the last film festival I attended in Trinidad and Tobago, 35% of the works were by women while in Hollywood the figure is only 9%. Women filmmakers are in an excellent position in the Caribbean,” she said.

Michelle Materre gives talk on the impact of women in film

(Santo Domingo, November 14, 2013). Michelle Materre, independent film industry and television professional, as producer, writer, specialist in distribution, marketing and film education, said the percentage of women filmmakers in the Caribbean is higher than in the United States.

 “At the last film festival I attended in Trinidad and Tobago, 35% of the works were by women while in Hollywood the figure is only 9%. Women filmmakers are in an excellent position in the Caribbean,” she said.

Materre made these remarks during the panel “Caribbean women behind the lens,” held on Thursday, November 14 as part of the 7th Dominican Republic Global Film Festival, where she also showed examples of productions made by women, including Del otro lado, Julia, Las Marthas and Promesa americana.

Professor of Communication Sciences and Film at The New School in New York, she noted that “international festivals like this one serve to show our work and see films from around the world. This gives us different ideas and perspectives on how things are done.”

She noted that young filmmakers get a chance to present their own views of things and to make movies that portray them better. She suggested that young women express their views on how they are represented in films that exploit them sexually or present generally humiliating views of females.

“Write to your TV channels or movie theaters, or do what Rosa Parks did when she stopped riding the buses that forced American blacks to sit in the back of the bus – just stop going and spending your money. They will get the message soon enough,” said Ms. Materre.

She encouraged new filmmakers not to maintain only a Hollywood focus, but to showcase Caribbean cinema so it can transcend borders.

The audience consisted mainly of young students who interacted with the expert. She urged them to “prepare themselves, learn as much as possible by reading and traveling,” in order to broaden their perspective.

“Young people should express their interest and take the initiative to talk with directors and producers, which is the reason why we attend these festivals,” she added.

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