Beba tells the story of Rebeca Huntt through the eyes of Rebeca Huntt.
The film is written, directed, and produced by Huntt and co-produced by Sofia Geld. A first-time feature filmmaker, Huntt set out to make an honest and vulnerable documentary exploring her identity as a young, Afro-Latina artist amidst the current political and social tension in this country and the concurrent generational trauma she inherited, in what is described as a “coming-of-age documentary/ cinematic memoir”. Throughout the film’s 79-minute run, audiences are taken on a journey beginning with Huntt’s origins in a one-bedroom apartment in New York City, shared with her parents and two siblings, through her time at college, and back to New York again. Beba is an honest, unflinching, courageous, and sometimes painful film that takes self-exploration to a new height by infusing music, 16mm film, poetry, and interviews with earnest recordings and voiceovers of Huntt at different points in her life.
I had the opportunity to sit down with Huntt to discuss her film, her family’s reaction to seeing their lives on screen, how her experience in college affected her career, why she loves documentaries, and where she hopes to take her art in the future. Watch the full interview below on Youtube.
Beba, released by NEON, is currently playing in theater’s.