Valéria Barbosa
Posted March 7, 2017 from Brazil
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Today I woke up inspired, very eager to hear what women have to say. I went to search my files for the interviews I made when I attended the XIII AWID Forum at the invitation of World Pulse, special moments that I lived from September 8 to September 13, 2016, in Costa do Sauipe, Salvador / Bahia - Brazil.

There I discovered how much I am a reporter. I have found that all the women I have had the privilege of talking about are very special, courageous and you interview them. There are 6 interviews that I will share with you.

The first interview is with the 23-year-old Yasmin Thayná was born in Nova Iguaçu. She is a Brazilian, filmmaker, founder and director of AFROFLIX, a platform that offers content with black people protagonism, is a journalism student at PUC in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

See more about Yasmin's work on the platform at http://www.afroflix.com.br/

Our meeting was very pleasant and I took the opportunity to ask that she bring this technology to the Cidade de Deus, favela of Rio de Janeiro.

Valéria - Yasmin when you noticed your interest in the language of the film?

Yasmin- It was at the Free School of Cinema, in Nova Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro. At the time of the Lula government, when the Secretary of Culture was Gilberto Gil (Cantor and Brazilian composer). I participated in the courses offered by the Culture Point in my own Municipality.

He studied filmmaking in the morning at the Point of Culture and on Saturdays, scripts and everything that involves cinema, and in the afternoon he studied at the regular school.

The School of Cinema made me realize that I needed to create new narratives about Nova Iguaçu, a city I lived in. I realized that I could add in writing new stories, saying by presenting other angles from where we live.

We always hear about violence, rape, slaughter, very stigmatized situations where we live, and this situation is bad for people, not just for the place.

A place is made by people. From the moment you have a stigmatized place where they say, "Oh, there are only very bad people ..." and when we know that there are terrible people everywhere, no matter where they are.

We need to show what we got. My mission is to collaborate to create new narratives and new looks about these environments and social groups.

Valéria - What do you think of the themes presented in the Forum AWID 13?

Yasmin Thayná - I had never attended this meeting, when I arrived, I was afraid, I did not know that it was that amount of women, I had no idea how many countries they had representations, I did not know that I would speak in the main plenary.

I thought I would talk at a table, to ten or twenty people, when I saw that I would talk to more than two thousand people, I said: Oh! Oh, my God, what now?

I was a bit nervous and I thought I needed to be better calm, I stayed and everything went well.

I found the debates very good, even about self-care, which is a difficulty of people, and in Brazil we do not have the habit of caring, ne?

You do not learn to take care of yourself, especially those who come from the periphery, the therapist proposals for people who are in a state of outbreak loved me ...

Everyone needs to take care of themselves, whether with Yoga, or with a smile ...

I learned the importance of smiling more for others, handing smiles is very good. I smiled all the time.

The topics are of the highest level, I participated in a plenary about remedies and in this you could share recipes with other healing people.

The world is too big! When you get in touch with new people, with other experiences and perspectives you expand your vision. You see there's so much more.

Valéria Barbosa - How do you perceive the protagonism of young people from the periphery?

Yasmin Thayná - The protagonism exists for many years, since the time of the Catholic Church, the student movements, the groups that accompanied the philosophy of the Liberation theory, that is, we young people always in our time were active.

Those who study young people know that the movement is very old, regardless of the axis of action these groups follow.

Today we really have challenges, I think one of them and create means to spread the leaders we have in our country, our state, our neighborhood.

Sometimes we go through people, here in the forum, who I do not know, and who are women who have struggled for a long time, great leaders and I feel ashamed for not knowing them, but at the same time I think: I had Internet? So how did they catalog their actions?

We have the challenge of making these people better known, and we are also at another political moment in the country. It is a challenge to continue the legacy that this youth of yesterday, our elders left us.

Legacy as the right issues, access to the University, social projects (I am the result of social projects), there are many actions that we need to give visibility to continue and strengthen.

We create a lot, we have tools, we are all creating all the time, be the applications, radio, blog, website, channels to communicate and express, I think this is very good and will put Brazil on another level in communication.

Valéria Barbosa _ Would you like to expand your action to other peripheries?

Yasmin Thayná _ Yes, the idea is that the headquarters of Afroflix continue in Nova Iguaçu, there we have a space for Flux cinema and as it is online the platform can be accessed everywhere.

The idea is to have a closer dialogue with blacks and indigenous people within this line of action.

Here I enjoyed and talked with some indigenous women of the Xingu, Amazonas, we are thinking of partnerships, training there in the Xingu, but it is necessary investment. Today we do everything without money.

We made a website, put an idea in the air with an entire technical structure, but we do not have the money to sign up for a record, make a business plan.

Here in this Forum is a very strategic environment for this, to establish partnerships, I have already received several invitations, I imagine that by the end of the year, we will have news.

And I, Valeria Barbosa, can only say:

Great pride in finding Yasmin Thayna and doing this interview.


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Jill Langhus
Mar 08, 2017
Mar 08, 2017

Hi Valéria. Thanks for sharing your story and interview with Yasmin. I'm looking forward to seeing your website and vision come alive.