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Dana Rotberg
  
 
About Dana Rotberg
Writer - Director

TheWIFTS Foundation is pleased to welcome Dana Rotberg to TheWIFTS family on the Advisory Board. Ms Rotberg brings her years of expertise to The Women's International Film & Television Showcase and TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards.

Dana Rotberg is fluent in Spanish, English, French, Hebrew and Bosnian languages.

Born in 1960, Mexican filmmaker Dana Rotberg studied Film Direction from 1980-85 at Mexico City's Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica. Since graduating, she has lived and worked as a director, writer and producer in Mexico, France, Bosnia, Herzegovina, and New Zealand.

While still living in Mexico Rotberg directed her first film, the feature length documentary Elvira Luz Cruz: Pema Maxima (1985). It was awarded Best Documentary by the Mexican Film Academy and the Bochica de Oro Award for Best Latin-American Documentary, Colombia.

Following this she directed her first feature film, Intimacy, in 1989 and then went on to write, direct and produce her second feature Angel de Fuego (Angel of Fire). She is best known for this film as it was selected as the opening film for Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Director's Fortnight) at the Cannes International Film Festival in 1992. The film was well received and went on to screen at film festivals around the world.

Following this success, Rotberg spent the next few years in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina where she co-produced two films. that also secured the opening spot at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Cannes International Film Festival).

The feature length documentary MGM Sarajevo. Man, God and the Monster (MGM Sarajevo - Covjek, Bog, Monstrum) opened Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in 1994, and the Bosnia, France and Netherlands co-production The Perfect Circle took the same opening spot in 1997. The Perfect Circle won the François Chalais Award and the Cannes Junior Prix at Cannes that year. After this attention the film went on to win many other awards including: Special Jury Prize, Paris Film Festival; Best Director Award and Tokyo Grand Prix, Tokyo International Film Festival; FIPRESCI Prize - Special Mention, Valladolid International Film Festival; and Wim Van-Leer prize, Jerusalem International Film Festival. Dana moved back to Mexico in 1997, and in 2000 directed and co-wrote the feature film Otlia Rauda, which won the NHK Filmmaker's Award at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

Dana's most recent production, White Lies – Tuakiri Huna (2013), which she both wrote and directed, was shot in New Zealand and is an adaptation of the novella Medicine Woman by Witi Ihimaera. White Lies Tuakiri Huna is the story of 3 women and one unborn child. Motherhood, the most primal and universal symbol of identity, continuity and life, is the main element that ignites and fuels the film's narrative. Simultaneously, White Lies honors and preserves the cultural identity of the Tuhoe (Maori) people and their beliefs about the origin of the universe while exploring the subject of an indigenous people's colonization. Through the encounters that occur between the main characters audiences are afforded the opportunity to reflect on survival choices, redemption, confrontation, solidarity, and the sacredness of life.

Extra curricular activities:1992 Jury member Valencia International Film Festival. Spain; 1993 Jury member FIPA International Festival, Cannes, France; 1993 Co-founder and Artistic Director First Sarajevo International Film Festival "Beyond the end of the World", Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1993; 1993 Jury member Chicago International Film Festival. USA; 1994 Artistic Director and Producer "Sarajevo en Mexico" Documentary Film Festival;1997 Voting member European Film Academy. Germany; 1999 Member Mexican National Council for the Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA), Mexico.






 
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