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By the River

By the River
In the humidity and silence of their summer house, the shared pain of a mother and her two teenage daughters is revealed.
Director Biography - Sofia Camargo
Sofia Camargo is a New York based filmmaker, born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Art History from Universidad de los Andes and an MFA in Film from New York University. Her work as a filmmaker explores women and domestic life through a deeply textured, sensual yet disquieting storytelling. Her latest short film Al lado del río (By the River), 2019, was awarded the Official Selection Jury Award by the The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), was part of the Official Selection of the Cartagena International Film Festival 2020 and selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick. During her MFA Camargo was a Purin Foundation Scholar and a recipient of la beca del Fondo de desarrollo cinematográfico de Proimágenes. She also received the Nikon Storytellers Scholarship 2018, the Jeff Lima Production Award 2020 and the Black Family Price 2022. From 2020 to 2022 Camargo worked as head of Creative Development at the NYU Production Lab. Currently Sofia is developing her first feature film Las Niñas. Awards and Scholarships: Purin Foundation Scholarship (2017U2018) NYU Nikon Scholarship (2018) The Willard. T.C. Johnson Fellowship (2018) NYU Colfuturo Scholarship Proimágenes Colombia Scholarship Best Sound The Lyon Young Film Festival (2018) Nikon Scholarship (2019) Purin Foundation Scholarship (2019-2020) NYU Robert A. Daly Scholarship (2019) The Willard. T.C. Johnson Fellowship (2019) NYU Director Statement I write from memory, from a place of unanswered questions and personal restlessness. I focus on what the characters are not saying rather holding inside their bodies, what they look at, what they hide or desire. Time becomes a private experience, it expands or contracts responding to inner conflict, pain or fantasy. My filmmaking is very influenced by the work of Claire Denis, Lucrecia Martel and Ingmar Bergman. My short films Eugenia (2017), Eva (2018) and Al Lado del Río (By The River, 2019) are portraits of women, tableaus of their private moments. The characters’ environment and their relationships with others ultimately bring them to some sort of silent and private confrontation with themselves, a release or transformation.