Camilla French is a is a British documentary filmmaker from London based in Colombia. She completed a master’s in filmmaking at the London Film School while living in Beijing and spent several years in Asia making documentaries and working as a producer and coordinator on feature films and commercials, including Watermark, by Edward Burtynsky and Jennifer Baichwal, and mixed media project A Chinese Home, for the Kronos Quartet. Her own films, which have appeared on Al Jazeera and CNN and screened at various film festivals, have taken a personal look at migrant sex workers in China, the plight of a Uighur musician in Xinjiang, the strict abortion law in El Salvador, land rights in Brazil, ayahuasca practises in the Colombian Amazon, and sustainability in London.
This year Camilla took part in La Selva Correa, a filmic correspondence between participants of the Werner Herzog 2020 cinematic workshop produced with Ficamazonia. She also graduated from UCL with a master’s in social and cultural anthropology. For her dissertation she spent six weeks in the Colombian Amazon
exploring the Yakuruna myth and contemporary myth-telling in the community of Puerto Nariño.
Andrés Borda-González studied philosophy in Bogota, and then cinema at the London Film School. His graduation short film Coqué was exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. After graduation, his career has been focused on non-conventional documentaries about artists, mainly in Colombia.
His documentary on late painter Norman Mejia (Norman Guides Me) has been bought for the Banco de la República’s permanent collection. He’s directed about 30 short documentaries about modern and contemporary Colombian artists.
Andrés and Camilla’s first feature documentary, Sufi, Saint and Swinger, co-produced by Openvizor, premiered in Womex 2019.