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Meet Andrea Riba

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Riba.

Andrea Riba is a Chilean born Mexican-American director. Her multi-cultural upbringing in Santiago, Chile, Mexico, Miami and Berlin continues to shape her filmmaking style. Migrant identity, urban alienation in the big metropolis, the female experience, and other contemporary concerns are at the heart of her work. Riba’s narratives are distinctly conveyed through the female gaze. Set in the near future, her films follow female protagonists in their mid 20’s, observing the ways in which they navigate and experience the globalizing world around them.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My ultimate goal is to create films that subtly introduce social or political commentaries through the female gaze. In other words, I yearn to create films that refrain from explicitly revealing their commentaries or critiques – ones that stray from spoon feeding the audience with information or opinion. Rather, I want to take the audience on a journey into the lives of female characters, and through their experiences and encounters, I believe the audience will be led to contemplate the topics or commentaries at hand. While coming up with story or character ideas, I keep this in mind, as I strongly believe that films dealing with charged topics are more powerful when they refrain from directly lecturing you, but rather, introduce the topic through a character’s experience.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Recurring themes in her films include the autonomy over a woman’s body under the premise of scientific and technological progress. Known for her boldly colored lighting, plastic production design, and surreal costume direction, Riba explores how our cultural psyche manifests in our physical world. Behind the camera, Riba predominantly collaborates with female-based crews.

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Most of the photographs are mine: @riba_reels (my instagram); my personal photo was taken by @aleberaco

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