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Emma Pearce Recommends

What film do you think everyone should watch? 
I recently saw My Octopus Teacher on Netflix. It is such a beautiful film that explores our relationship with nature. 

What’s your favorite part about living and working in the DC/MD/VA region?
I love the rich diversity of people, ideas, opportunities. One of my favorite parts about working and living in the DMV is being close to universities with great media programs. I love meeting students just out of film school and working with them on projects. 

Who inspires you?
The courageous subjects who chose to tell their stories through documentaries inspire me. The men and women I work with on a daily basis who never back down from telling their stories, no matter how challenging, or how many painful memories it brings back. Their honesty and candor inspire me to continue working in film.

What story do you wish someone would tell?
I recently read an article about two sisters in North Holland who seduced and killed Nazis during World War II. I would love to see a documentary explore the complexities of that story someday. 

What’s your favorite place to celebrate success with your crew?
We usually celebrate a successful day of production or local screening at a neighborhood restaurant like Raku or Cafe Divan. 

To celebrate WIFV’s 40th Anniversary, we reached out to the community to nominate the colleagues they admire. We are honored to have these filmmakers in our community as mediamakers, advocates, and mentors.

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