Director BIO: Denea Buckingham (WALKING EACH OTHER HOME)

Denéa Buckingham is an Australian-American filmmaker, explorer, and current student of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Southern Queensland. Denéa’s career goal is to use the storytelling power of filmmaking, together with scientific principles and exploration, to build global empathy that celebrates our cultural differences. Experienced in fieldwork, exploration filmmaking, and fascinated by language, Denéa is a member of ongoing archaeological and anthropological projects working both on land and underwater in Greece with the Bays of East Attica Regional Survey and the Korseai Institute for Historical and Archaeological Research, speleological survey in Mexico with Sistema Huautla, reef conservation in Curaçao, indigenous cultural heritage in Panama with the Darklands Foundation, and is a leader in youth initiatives of The Explorers Club.
Created with the Darklands Foundation in the Bocas del Toro region of Panama, Denéa’s short film ‘Food Sovereignty’ focused on the rainforest-integrated non-invasive agricultural strategies implemented by the Ngäbe-Buglé community during the COVID-19 pandemic and screened at the 2021 World Rainforest Day symposium, receiving international acclaim.

Denéa’s next film project, currently in development, is a documentary film series which investigates how unique linguistic concepts encompass and perpetuate environmental stewardship in indigenous and First Nations cultures.

Director Statement

Recently completed in conjunction with the Lao Elephant Initiative, this short film: ‘Walking Each Other Home’ takes a cinematic look at the shifting paradigm of elephant tourism and conservation in Laos.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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