Report : Deborah Perkin
Flying into San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge was a marvellous experience, as I headed for the United Nations Association Film Festival. I would not have been crossing the Atlantic without the help of the Welsh Broadcasting Trust who provided me with a travel grant to attend this prestigious festival.
I was there to promote my first cinema documentary Bastards. It follows the battle of one illiterate young woman trying to make a good life for her illegitimate child. The stakes are high because the woman lives in Morocco, a Muslim country where sex outside marriage is illegal.
The networking was marvellous, with many contacts made for potential future projects. In terms of distributing the film in America, it was excellent to meet so many academics from the University of Stanford, where the festival was being held. The head of the Middle East department vowed to ensure that Stanford buys my film for their library, and this will be a great sale to quote to other universities around the US, where my film is being promoted by Icarus Films.