The FRESH study (Females Rising through Education Support and Health) is a program for young women in the Umlazi township on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The all-female staff, many of whom formerly participated in the program, are working to provide a community of strength and support — as well as job and life-skills training — to the young women of a community ravaged by the HIV epidemic. Read more about FRESH here.
Filmed and Co-directed by Kira Dane and Katelyn Rebelo
A collaborative project with New York University and Cuban National Institute of Film and Television (ICAIC). A Japanese woman named Sayuri and her half-Cuban half-Japanese daughter Sayu boldly create their own identities in Havana.
Director, Cinematographer, Editor - Kira Dane
Sound Mixers - Claudia Balmaseda, Andrea Chung
Screened at the Ludwig Foundation in Havana, Cuba
I Don’t Know Why I’m Telling You All of This
2015 - short experimental film
Writer, Director, Editor - Kira Dane Starring - Guilhaine Chambon Cinematographer - Katelyn Rebelo Assistant Director - Letícia Bianco Sound Mixer - Gerardo Coello Translations - Guilhaine Chambon and Guy Chalice Special Thanks - Darrell Wilson, Raoul Lallemand, Holly Pruner, Kathryn Daly, Katie Murphy, Kit Zauhar
Chosen as finalist for NYU New Visions & Voices festival
Currently in post production!
A short documentary film that challenges Japanese tattoo stereotypes by following a tattooed pilgrimage group to a holy mountain.