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Dr. Steeve Coupeau Interviews Zahira Kelly, Winner of Afro-Latino Awards 7/15/17

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What are three tools that you wish you knew when you were beginning your career?

Firstly, be careful of who you trust. Guard your privacy and autonomy. Secondly, know your worth, financially and otherwise. Your words and reach are worth money so charge accordingly. Lastly, if you cultivate a following and add value to peoples’ lives for free, some of them will be conscious of it and come through for you.

What are you most looking forward to in terms of your next step in artistic development?

I am excited about expanding in terms of artistic medium, with upcoming short films and books. I am gearing for art workshops directed toward femmes of color. I am trying not to limit myself.

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Dr. Steeve Coupeau Interviews Directors of 'Olancho' Brooklyn Film Festival 6/13/17

Where do you see the main challenges facing emerging filmmakers?

The biggest challenge in film making is definitely funding. Making movies is expensive and there are so many independent film makers out there now (like us!) and not that many funds. If I could go back and do it all over again, I wouldn't waste as much time on applying to grants and funds.

What do you want viewers to take away from your film?

Manuel's story is unique, but represents so many people who have come to the US from Central America to escape violence. We hope that Olancho complicates the immigration argument.

Dr. Steeve Coupeau Interviews Directors of 'The Northern Cousin' at 3rd Ecuadorian Film Festival in New York, 6/13/17

Where do you see the main challenges facing emerging filmmakers?

Coming from Ecuador, we think that the biggest challenges come from financing. New technology has given us the advantage to access equipment that gives us good results in a sort of inexpensive matter. Yet the concept that this our job easier is very far away from reality.

What is the main takeaway which you hope that viewers would remember about this film?

Making this film was a way for us to reconnect with family that we had lost contact many years ago. If this film manages to have the same effect in our viewers, we would feel that we have accomplished something. We all have loved ones who have faded in our memory, sometimes it's good to bring them back.

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