As a woman who has lived in both the Dominican and the U.S how have you noticed differences in feminism between the two different cultures?
As a Dominican living in the U.S for only the past five years, I have always been aware of the cultural and political differences. I think that in the U.S. in particular, there has been an unfortunate increment in more conservative policies and points of views, and it feels as if we’re going backwards. However, women’s rights are currently much more respected in the US, and in the DR there is not only no sex education, but no quality education in general.
Bridging off of that, what do you think the power in sex education is?
They always say knowledge is power and I think that’s the answer. When you have the knowledge and the necessary tools, you are equipped to make the right decisions in regards to your future. STD’s, unplanned pregnancies, etc. can have a defining impact in your life. Having a good sex education program can solve a big part of the problem.
You got to speak with a lot of incredible women through doing this documentary, how did that impact the way you proceeded with this project?
That’s actually one of the reasons why I took on this documentary. It was about how I was able to give a voice to the voiceless. A lot of these women have no way or platform to tell their own story, and many of them had never even seen a camera before. So being able to be a mediator in a way, by sharing these women’s stories with the rest of the world, means I have a big responsibility and it makes me feel very privileged and grateful.