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So, you want to make a documentary film. Should be pretty easy, right? Just grab your camera, shoot, edit and you’re done. Not so fast. The multi-layered processes associated with making a film tends to be a bit more complicated and peppered with lots of starts and stops, especially financing issues. Plus everything else imaginable and some things you just can’t imagine.
In the world of filmmaking, taking on the untold story, the unimaginable and the unthinkable are often what makes film projects so incredibly appealing. Capturing history — whether its life’s smallest moments or biggest events– is often the attraction.
New Yorker Sisa Bueno, an adventurous Latina of African descent and a self-described political junkie, is learning first hand about the starts and stops of filmmaking. As a graduate of the prestigious New York University Film School, Sisa admits, “I had the naïve thought that documentaries were much easier than traditional fiction films, which is completely untrue.”
After graduation, Sisa decided, “ I’ll do a documentary. I’ll go there (Bolivia) and I’ll shoot it. It will take me three months. No, it will take me a year. I’ll be fine. I’ll be done by the age of 27. I was 23 when I did this…I’m 29 right now and I’m still not done.”
It’s even more complicated when your subject may not have widespread commercial appeal. For Sisa, the focus of her film is a group of Bolivians who until recently were both unknown and ignored: Afro-Bolivians.
Her documentary We of the Saya is a firsthand, up-close look at the day by day challenges encountered by Bolivia’s African descendents as they seek full-recognition and to be counted as individuals in the country’s newly constructed constitution. It’s about their struggle for the most basic of human rights: equality.
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Filmmaker Sisa Bueno is currently raising funds to complete production of We of the Saya through a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign’s goal is to raise $6,725.00 by July 11, 2012.
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