Interview with Filmmaker Daniela Zambrano (DISPLACED)

1. What motivated you to make this film?

The idea for ‘Displaced’ was born simply because I wanted to imagine myself in the shoes of those people in need, people who have been forced to leave their homes, their families. To be able to express in a few minutes emotions of uncertainty, sadness and helplessness with the aim to generate empathy, awareness and raise donations for UNHCR.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

It took us about 7 months searching and investigating the life of the refugees, 2 weeks rehearsing and searching for the appropriate locations and one day shooting the video. It was very spontaneous and fluid…everything around us came together to make it happen easily.

3. How would you describe your film in two words!?

Darkness and Light

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

To be able to express the real feeling of those people in need. While I empathize with them so much it’s very difficult to feel and communicate the full depth of their suffering.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

It was very pleasant to see that I could touch the audience. I’m very grateful for all those kind and beautiful words.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

A year ago, when I saw the terrible situation happening in places like Syria, Venezuela and many others.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

The Godfather

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?


9. What is your favorite meal?

Bolognese Pasta

10. What is next for you? A new film?

Definitely a new film talking about a little bit of my experience. About how we can’t not lose our identity when we are living for many years in a different country using a different language.


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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