As part of Liberatum's Women in Creativity Series, here is an interview with New York based Colombian filmmaker and artist, Jessica Sofia Mitrani.
Who do you want to meet most in this world and why?
I would love to have a tête-à-tête with Orlando, the protagonist of the Virginia Woolf novel.
What are you terribly afraid of?
Who inspired you most as a little girl growing up in Colombia?
My father—watching him dance merengue, salsa, and mapale.
My mother—her ability to make beauty around her.
What is your relationship with sex?
Depends which one.
Do you like to sleep a lot at night and if not, why not? In other words, how important is sleep to you?
I like to sleep, but sometimes sleep doesn't like me. Dreaming is very important to me.
Your most memorable creative moment?
When I decided to move to Manhattan.
What are your views on feminism today?
Today feminism is as relevant as ever. In the US, there was a backlash against second-wave feminism before it achieved basic things like paid maternity/family leave and equal pay for equal work. I feel that a lot of attention is placed on the use of the term feminist—and the refusal of it—but there is not enough discussion of the deplorable state of women’s rights in the world today.
Is it still harder as a woman to succeed and make same waves as a male counterpart in the creative industries, especially equal opportunities and pay?
Why are we still so obsessed with exposing women’s body for advertising and promoting any kind of products and even music including music videos in the media?
We are obsessed with women's bodies, period. The female body has been objectified both through exposure and by covering it. In patriarchal society, the female body is considered men's property—a commodity whether it’s revealed or hidden.
Where do you see women’s rights in 30 years time in the world?
I hope that the integrity of the female body will be protected in every country in the world.
I hope American politicians will have stopped trying to outlaw abortion and will instead make sure that abortions are safe.
Gender attacks will stop.
The right to education will be recognized across the world.
I hope women from all cultures will know that they have the right to self-determination.
International law will recognize that women’s issues are human rights issues and treat them accordingly.
Photos by Elisabet Davidsdottir, Tomek Sadurski and Leonora Hamill