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Kamilah Thurmon Recommends

What film do you think everyone should watch?
For me, the most remarkable films are those that leave a lasting impact on the individual viewer and our collective society. The most impressive documentary all Americans should see is 13th. It is a thought-provoking expose that everyone in modern society needs to watch, discuss, and grow from. Ava DuVernay’s film explores race, injustice, and mass incarceration in America from a real and current lens that most people are otherwise oblivious to in their day-to-day lives. By educa-taining the masses, media like this is one flicker in the growing flame of all people to insist on change for the American justice system.

What’s your favorite part about living and working in the DC/MD/VA region?
Living and working in the DC/MD/VA region has always been the optimal place of growth for me! The expansive community of producers, filmmakers, and storytellers established here have truly nourished my identity as a creative entrepreneur over the years.  Because of what DC has offered me, I’m more eager than ever to make positive, lasting, and impactful contributions to my community and the broader worlds of film, preservation, and representation.

Who inspires you?
Like most people, I am striving everyday to be a better person. For me, I am so inspired by the perspectives my three children offer me. I carry the responsibility for them in each of our interactions: what I tell them, how I relate to others, and how I act in our home and in the world. We are like symbiotic beings who grow from each other and I always want for them to be given as much as they have given me.

What story do you wish someone would tell?
We can all be encouraged by the daily sacrifices, lessons, accomplishments of everyday people within our own communities and families.  We are surrounded by rich stories that can inspire us. I think there is nothing more valuable than content that both represents and captures the hearts of people from all walks of life.

What’s your favorite place to celebrate success with your crew?
One of my favorite places to celebrate success with my crew is Lauriol Plaza.  The fast-paced energy, exquisite food, and  exemplary service put me and my crew into the right mindset after we’ve reached another huge milestone. There’s nothing like a perfect margarita with great company!

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