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Valeria RUIZ SALAS
A portrayal of an elderly woman’s grief and her memories of intimate moments.
This story was inspired by my fear of losing my grandmother. In the process of doing this piece I had the opportunity to speak with several elder women and men about death, love and sex. This short film helped to understand and have a different relationship with death. I am less threatened by it and it has reinforced me to continue trying to enjoy life in the moment.
A wrinkled face, old hands with dark spots. Her hands tremble as she slowly eats. She walks slowly into the room, takes a pill, and lies down on the bed. Is she ill? The film does not do us a favor and explain anything about her. However, when she rises from her bed and goes to the dining table again, we get to share her yearning. It’s a pleasant surprise to witness the director’s ability to make us cast away prejudice against aged women and empathize with a person’s painful experience of loss. (Jay SOHN)
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Valeria received her BA degree in Visual Studies at Lima University in Peru. After she graduated, her first short film El Ascensor won several prizes in Peru and was screened at various international film festivals. As well, in Peru Valeria worked as a freelance scriptwriter for TV, freelance director and as a teacher assistant. Valeria was then sponsored by the United Nations Volunteers Odyssey to shoot reportages in Thailand, Nepal, Spain, Brazil, USA, Tanzania and Lebanon.