Amancay Tapia is a film director based in London. She directed the feature film ‘Campo de Batalla’ (Battlefield) and despite a shoestring budget, it was commercially released in cinemas in Bolivia, Colombia and Spain as well as in independent cinema venues in London.
Amancay is listed in the prestigious “International list of living women directors” together with Sofia Coppola and Kathryn Bigelow. She is currently in pre production on her next film, the short: ‘Rescue Me’.
What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
Being a fully independent person is a big achievement, especially for a woman. I have achieved that in my life and I don’t want to let go of it, ever. Career wise, the fact that I keep making independent films like the feature film ‘Campo de Batalla’ because of my urge to tell a story and not because I want to be wealthy and have 200 pairs of shoes.
What’s in your handbag?
I’m a filmmaker therefore I always travel with my small compact camera and a notebook in case I want to write something.
What are your ambitions in life?
As a person I would like to do something with my knowledge and experience and share it. Do more for others and leave a legacy, not just pass by in life and do nothing. Career wise, I want to create something that will move the hearts and minds of people. Art inspires me, moves me, drives me. I just saw Cafe Muller by the great choreographer Pina Bausch and I was in heaven. At the London 2012 Olympics I was one of the Placard bearers during the athletes parade in both the Opening and Closing ceremonies and I saw how Danny Boyle pulled it all off from the very beginning with his massive talent but also his humility as a person, and I thought I wanted to be like him.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Let me quote you the poet Veronica Shoffstall:
After a While:
…you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much
So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers
Happiness is ….Love. Amor.
If you want to be part of Amancay’s next short film ‘Rescue Me’ and be rewarded for it, please just donate what you can via her KickStarter Campaign. Thank you.
Photograph ©Amancay Tapia.