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Interview: Sophia Al-Maria – Beretta | 2015 January Screenwriters Lab

Interview: Sophia Al-Maria – Beretta | 2015 January Screenwriters Lab

Sophia Al-Maria was already an accomplished, multi-disciplinarian artist, writer and author (The Girl Who Fell To Earth) prior to landing in the Screenwriters Lab in 2015, and while her lab project Beretta (an amalgamation of previous work and experiences) appears to have stalled (the logline reads as: barraged by daily harassment from men on the streets of Cairo, a mute young woman is finally pushed over the edge when she is attacked and raped by a stranger), the Londoner had a solo exhibition “Black Friday” at the Whitney Museum, more recently hit Art Basel in Hong Kong and is described as part of an “emerging generation of international artists who are mining the intersections of technology, culture, and identity”. Here is my interview from a few years back.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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