Saturday, March 3 at 8pm
Paramount Theatre

Joining us all the way from Ireland, Academy Award nominated Writer/Director Juanita Wilson is sure to be a treasurer trove of information regarding this powerful book to screen adaptation that was shot in Kamloops and region.

Juanita Wilson

Irish writer and director Juanita Wilson is one of cinema’s rising stars. Wilson’s first short film The Door received an Academy Award® nomination in 2010 and went on to win numerous awards at festivals throughout the world. She followed this with an equally hard hitting true story of the Bosnian War, As If I Am Not There, based on Croatian journalist Slavenka Drakulic’s book of the same name. The film went on to win many awards. At the Sarajevo Film Festival in August 2009, Stellan Skarsgard awarded Juanita the prestigious Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Bursary which recognizes a new creative voice in cinema, showing the independence, singularity and integrity of spirit that the actress exemplified in her own lifetime. In 2011, Juanita was named among Variety’s top ten directors to watch, and was the only woman to feature on the list.

Born and reared in Dublin, Juanita studied Fine Art in the National College of Art and Design and, after a year living and studying in Paris, came back to Dublin to complete the postgraduate Diploma in Arts Management in UCD, followed by a degree in Journalism at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Not afraid to take on strong subjects, and driven by a desire to discover and explore what it means to be human, her work, to date, combines her love of image-making with her desire to tell powerful stories about the resilience of the human spirit.

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