Set in New York City, and trapped in the mind of an Afro-Latina poet, activist, and daughter of immigrants, “Beba” shares her emotional process of becoming a thriving young black woman in America.
BEBA, a creative documentary, shares the story of a young Afro-Latina artist, activist, and daughter of immigrants as she unravels knots of intergenerational trauma, and discovers her power. Written by Beba herself, the film illustrates a world of nuances through a raw and intimate lens. The story is grounded by verité scenes and interviews with Beba’s family, closest friends and mentors; each relationship adds a layer of context and insight. Weaving together home-movies, intimate verité and historical archival footage BEBA brings to life one of the many ways to grow up as a Black woman in America.
Sofia Geld and Rebeca Huntt are filmmakers intent on telling a story seldom seen on the big screen. That story is BEBA, a film that follows activist and New York native Rebeca, an Afro-Latina mining her own history to examine what Afro-Latina womanhood means in the current political climate. A hybrid doc that mixes verité-style filmmaking with animations and interviews of those closest to the director/star, BEBA hopes to offer a complex narrative about intersectional identities and politics. In essence, it’s a narrative about what happens when a black girl is forced to reckon with how others read into her skin color.
Rebeca Huntt & Sofia Geld
Rebeca Huntt is an Afro-Latina filmmaker, multi-media artist, and native-New Yorker. She wrote and directed her first feature-length film, BEBA, which is currently in post-production, and was selected to be in the IFP Documentary Lab 2019/2020. Rebeca was a 2018 Uniondocs Collaborative Fellow, through which she directed ¡Hay Coro! which premiered at the Oaxaca Film Festival and on BronxNet Public Television. She wrote, directed, and/or edited various short films which premiered at Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, The Fader Magazine, and Elsewhere Brooklyn. Rebeca participated in the 2018 Kickstarter Residency and the 56th Annual New York Film Festival’s Artist Academy. Currently, Rebeca is working in production on ABC Network's For Life. She worked in event planning for over three years, producing art benefits, activist-based panels, and parties with creatives such as Venus X and Tschabalala Self. Rebeca received her BA from Bard College in 2012.
Sofia Geld is a Brazilian producer and director. She has produced for the celebrated directors Chai Vasarhelyi, Petra Costa and Kristi Jacobson. Sofia produced the New York Times OpDoc "What if He Falls", Saleem Gondal's "Super Sonic" which premiered at the TIDE Film Festival, and is currently hired by Netflix to produce one of their documentary series. Sofia directed a video installation which was exhibited by DESPINA in Rio de Janeiro titled 'Palavras Cruzadas' an immersive documentary experience. She has directed several music videos and short films including "Beba's Song" which premiered on The Fader, and was written for her feature documentary, "BEBA"'s crowdfunding campaign. Sofia worked as an impact producer at Skylight Pictures on the feature films Rebel Citizen and Disruption. She directed the monthly human rights themed #RESIST screening series in collaboration with UnionDocs, Skylight, WITNESS and Remezcla. Sofia received her B.A. from Bard College and was a 2014 UnionDocs Collaborative Studios fellow.
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