5Q's w/Benoit Desjardins "Dr. Diaz" Director

FRIDAY | BLOCK B | 9:30 |
Dr. Diaz (27 min) dir: Benoit Desjardins

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#1: Can you describe your movie and why somebody should see it in less than 280 characters?

Dr. Diaz is inspired by true stories which reflect the complexity of todays world. Did you ever ask yourself who is your new neighbour and where he came from? Why did he move to your country and what was is life before?

#2: What do you want the Borrego Springs Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title?

Dr. Diaz, is the second short film of a trilogy that deals on human migration. You would like to see, Welcome Yankee, the first film? Here you go : https://vimeo.com/61817994 Password: Dr.Diaz


#3: What is your movie making background?  Tell us about yourself.

I am both an anthropologist and a filmmaker. I graduate from University of Montreal in film studies and founded, in 2006, Les Productions Perceptions. I since, produced and directed several short films which won several awards in Quebec and abroad. In 2012, I directed Welcome Yankee, a short film whit the one I participated in more than 60 festivals, winning 9 awards including the «Cinematic Achievement Award» in Thessaloniki, Greece. In 2014, my love for short film bring me to founded a international short film festival in Montreal call «Longue vue sur le court». This same year, I wrote my first feature film entitled «Il paesano». Finally, thanks to the support of SODEC, CALQ and National Film Board, I produced and directed in 2016, the short film Dr. Diaz.

#4: What was the biggest lesson learned in getting your film made?
I have learned so many things doing this film, that I could write a book : )
The importance of finding the right persons, because once you are surrounded by a great team you will always find solutions and be able to follow your vision and go beyond.


#5: What does the future hold for your film and you?
I hope that Dr. Diaz will continue travel the festival world for at least one more year, spreading the word about what is happening in Colombia and Latin-America, with imperialist coutries and their mining companies. Beside this, I am working on a feature film entitled « The displaced», which is Dr. Diaz sequel. What will the Dr. Diaz do next

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