"A person has maybe three chances in life to stare down the devil right in the eyeballs. This is your most important one. Don't turn your back." Cut. The entire team breaks out in joy. Some weep. We embrace and head for celebratory beers, knowing we have something special.
Anita Doron was born in Transcarpathia, a little known land of nomadic ghosts, barley mush and apricot brandy. She was one of the youngest published poets in the former USSR and grew up in a family of high altitude mountaineers. At 12, Anita’s first film -- an environmental protest piece -- raised the ire of Soviet bureaucracy, teaching her the power of visual storytelling. A decade later, following an illegal escape, Anita lost herself in cinema. Her films have been exhibited at the Toronto International Film Festival, South By South West, The Future of Cinema Salon at Cannes and at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. In February 2010, Anita became a TED Fellow, quoting TED: “an individual who has shown unusual accomplishment, exceptional courage, and world-changing potential”. For the last two years, Anita has been vagabonding in India, the Middle East, US and Brazil, working on films and co-organizing a TEDx conference with her partner, Adam Huggins. Her latest feature film, The Lesser Blessed, is to be released theatrically on May 31st in Toronto, and June 7th across Canada.
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