WomenCinemakers, Special Edition, Vol.16

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Women Cinemakers meets

Merli V. Guerra Lives and works in Boston, MA, and Princeton, NJ

Played in reverse, Guerra's film The One I Keep questions the secrets we withhold versus the multitude we share, and is told through the eyes of a solo performer caught in the turbulence of thousands of flying paper notes. With social media becoming an ever-increasing force in our lives, it's easy to let the world know more of our personal secrets than one might realize. This film, created from the real-life online journals of the artist (complete with a few secrets never publicly shared) toys with this concept of revealing oneself to the world. The hope for this film is to encourage viewers to reconsider their own expressions of revealment. What are the secrets we keep? The thoughts we share? Are we aware of how quickly our words take on a life of their own and fly away from us the moment they leave our lips? Let's take a moment to hold onto that one secret only we know...the one we keep.

An interview by Francis L. Quettier and Dora S. Tennant womencinemaker@berlin.com is a captivating dance short film by dancer and award-winning interdisciplinary artist Merli V. Guerra: elegantly composed and marked out with refined choreography, this stimulating work is a successful attempt to create a brilliant allegory of human condition capable of drawing the viewers to a

heightened and multilayered experience. One of the most interesting aspects of Guerra's work is the way it encourages viewers to reconsider their own expressions of revealment: we are particularly pleased to introduce our readers to this gorgeous work of art and to Merli's multifaceted artistic production. Hello Merli and welcome to : we would like to introduce you to our readers with a couple of questions regarding your background.