“You are now entering my universe,” announces Rebeca Huntt in a new trailer for “Beba.” “I am the lens, the subject, and the authority.” The doc sees the Afro-Latina filmmaker exploring her identity, reflecting on her childhood as the daughter of a Dominican father and Venezuelan mother, and investigating trauma. “Every one of us inherits the curses of our ancestors. I’m watching the curses of my family slowly kill us, so I’m going to war — and there will be casualties,” she reveals.
As a first-generation American, Huntt recalls being warned that she’d never be seen “as a human being.” In “Beba,” she “searches for a way to forge her own creative path amid a landscape of intense racial and political unrest,” per the film’s synopsis.
“Beba” was just named as a Chicken & Egg Project: Hatched grantee and will receive $30,000 toward its completion costs and impact campaign. The “cinematic memoir” made its world premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival and opens June 24 in NY and LA.