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American filmmaker: I seek to enhance cultural exchange with Egyptian participants in the Ismailia Festival

By Manal Abdel Fattah

The Ismailia International Festival for Documentary and Short Films kicked off the day before yesterday, and will continue from February 28 to March 5.

As part of the festival, the US Embassy and Los Angeles-based Film Independent America presented a short film documentary workshop led by Sisa Bueno, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker, who seeks to explore powerful influences within humanity, making hard-to-access stories accessible to audiences. .

In a conversation with journalists, on the sidelines of the Ismailia International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Sissa Bueno said: “I have been teaching documentaries for about 7 years at New York University in the College of Arts,” continuing: “I love traveling and teaching, and it is really wonderful.” “To bring those two things together where I get to travel and learn about different cultures, and at the same time do something that I really love to do, which is teaching film and documentary specifically.”

She added: “I am looking forward to enhancing cultural exchange with the Egyptian participants in the Ismailia International Documentary and Short Film Festival. I know that the participants all have their own experiences and expertise, so I am looking forward to exchanging our different approaches to how to tell stories and sharing what I have learned over time myself.” .

Regarding her interest in documenting indigenous people, Sisa, whose origins go back to the Latin American country of Cuba, said that she is interested in highlighting marginalized and unknown populations and peoples, in order to convey their true image, increase people’s understanding and knowledge of them, and convey the true impression of them.

She emphasized that, contrary to the well-known impression of Latin Americans that they are not open and do not prefer to communicate with different peoples, she is from the generation of Latin Americans who went abroad and traveled to Bolivia to document and participate in a movement that speaks about the rights of the peoples of Africa and Latin America.

Originally from New York City, Sisa Bueno is a filmmaker and multimedia maker who dedicates her work to exploring powerful influences within humanity, by creating stories and films that seem inaccessible.

Sisa studied film production and interactive techniques at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and spent years photographing Indigenous film
and Afro-Latin social movements in South America, and completed a short film for the island, linked to the Afro-Bolivian constitutional movement.

The American network NBC called her a “Latina Innovator” for her work in Bolivia, and she now works as an assistant lecturer at her alma mater, Tisch – New York University.

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