“We Women Warriors follows three native women caught in the crossfire of Colombia’s warfare who use nonviolent resistance to defend their peoples’ survival.” This moving documentary holds its world premiere tomorrow evening at the IFC Center New York as part of the 16th annual Docuweeks. Click thru for our interview with the Director of the film, Nicole Karsin.
We Women Warriors showcases the realities of just blindly giving money to a real threat. The decades of drug wars have drastically impacted nations like Mexico and Columbia. In Nicole Karsin’s directorial debut she highlights how paramilitary groups and government forces clash in lands not of their own to gain power and money from businesses and countries like the US. The long histories of the indigenous people who do live in these lands has never been threatened more. The majority of these groups have seen their populations dwindle and mostly the men in their communities killed or jailed. This has left the women to provide and raise the families all by themselves. Nicole’s documentary showcases how three women have decided to fight the fear, the threats, and the imprisonment. They have decided to not only raise their families, but to lead this generation into the next. Below is the interview I held with Nicole about her moving and thorough look into the conflicts that have caused these women to become warriors.
I started out by asking Nicole about the common thread in the film, the ladies love of weaving.
I asked Nicole what sparked her interest in this side of the world.
We talked about how long she’s been working on this documentary.
Nicole talked about the order of meeting the 3 protagonists, starting with Ludis.
Next was Flor Ilva of the Nasa people.
Nicole finished by talking about meeting Doris.
I asked Nicole about the travel needed to visit all these women in different areas of Columbia and about working with 2 cinematographers.
One of the real emotional moments in the film was when Nicole interviewed Ludis’ son Alberio. I asked Nicole about that interview and how it came about.
Throughout the film the Columbia’s army is shown and I asked Nicole if they ever tried to stop her from shooting.
I asked Nicole about the powerful scenes she shot of Flor Ilva and the Nasa people.
Nicole talks about the latest update from the ladies.
Before we jump into the Docuweeks premiere tomorrow, I asked Nicole about the music in the film.
I asked Nicole about her “advisor” for the film, Laura Gabbert.
Nicole discussed a pivotal scene in which all three women were filmed together.
I asked Nicole about what can be done to stop all the violence in Mexico, Columbia and all of the drug-infested South American countries.
In fact, Nicole believes us Americans can make the most difference in these countries.
The world premiere is Friday, August 10th and I asked Nicole about showcasing her first film at a major festival.
Nicole ended things by discussing who she hopes will get to see this film.
Nicole’s documentary holds it World Premiere on Friday August 10th at the IFC Center in New York City. The film will run from August 10th thru the 16th then move to Los Angeles’ Laemmle Theater in North Hollywood for a week run from August 24th thru the 30th.