We had the good fortune of connecting with Saturne Tchabong and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Saturne, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“Love is the bridge between you and everything.” By: Rumi. So much of my artistic work surrounds love, loving, and being loved–holistically. If more of us carried love in our hearts, the kind of love that repairs and mends, we would live in a world that is significantly different than the one we are currently experiencing and that our ancestors experienced.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I became a filmmaker at the age of 18 and produced my first documentary, 3rd Street, on homelessness and unequal wealth distribution. Since 3rd Street, I’ve directed short films on the Black experience and the intersections that come with being a Black Womxn. Filmmaking is my first love but activism is my passion. I utilize visual rhetoric, specifically, film documentaries to address political and social issues deemed inconsequential within society. My craft and passion foster and amplifies marginalized voices; those society wants forgotten.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would start by taking them to the best art museums in the area, all of my close friends love and appreciate art so going to some sort of a gallery or museum would be ideal. Next, I would take them to Malibu beach, following an Oceanview dinner. I love taking my friends to the UCLA sculpture garden, not only did I practically live there during undergrad, but I shot my most recent short film there, and what a beauty is it to sit and eat literally in nature surrounded by art. Inglewood is one of my all-time favorite areas in LA so a Saturday morning visit in the area where there are always things happening would be ideal.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Many small moments have contributed to where I am in life today. From my direct family to the family members I’ve made along the way, I wouldn’t be who I am if it wasn’t for the individuals in my life who made such an impact on my growth.
Hana Leka Joseph W.