Lives and works between New York and Barcelona. In her practice, which combines filmmaking, visual arts and writing, Mariona is interested in sharing the beauty and complexity at the core of different cultures so that it may challenge any preconceived notions and so it helps build a more open and more tolerant world. Her insatiable thirst for documenting communities around the world has brought her to transcend the boundaries of her native Barcelona to work and live in countries such as Nigeria, Brazil, China, Italy or the United States.
Her work demands a conversation between itself and the viewer concerning identity, community, self-empowerment, transition, spirituality, tradition and freedom. Mariona seeks to go past our differences and celebrate the universal thread that binds our human experience. Her aim is to find a common ground across and within cultures, races and gender to capture experiences that we all relate to, conveying a sense of oneness and honoring our stories.
Mariona’s latest award-winning short film “Amenze, entre dois mundos” won Best Cinematography at the Reel Sisters Film Festival in NYC, got a Nomination to Best International Film at the BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta, and was also part of the official selection in over a dozen renowned film festivals, including Oscar-qualifying Zinebi in Bilbao, Spain and BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia, USA.
(by Frederico Pellachin)