Beba

“There is nothing honorable about trying to assimilate into a system that is designed to destroy you.”

Rebeca “Beba” Huntt strives to come to terms with the violence that has been inscribed in her DNA for generations. Growing up in New York City as the daughter of a Black father from the Dominican Republic and a fair-skinned mother from Venezuela, she discovers and questions her own identity as an Afro-Latina as well as the role which she subsequently assumes as a student at the renowned Bard College, a predominantly white environment. Private recordings, archive material, interviews, snapshot moments, largely captured on 16mm, offer a beguilingly intimate impression in this relentless self-exploration. A massive, emotionally extreme, dense debut that Huntt worked on for eight years.
by Rebeca Huntt
with Rebeca Huntt
USA / Mexico 2021 English,  Spanish 79’ Colour Documentary form recommendation: 14 years and up

With

  • Rebeca Huntt (Beba)

Crew

Written and Directed byRebeca Huntt
CinematographySophia Stieglitz
EditingIsabel Freeman
MusicHolland Andrews
Sound DesignAbraham Chacra
SoundRicardo Arteaga, Carlos Cortés Navarrete, Ricardo Lavalle Cárdenas
ProducerSofia Geld
Executive ProducersPetra Costa, Alyse Ardell Spiegel, Alessandra Orofino, Joy Bryant, Inuka Bacote-Capiga
Co-ProducersNikkia Moulterie, John Hoffman, Isabel Freeman, Sheena Matheiken, Monihan Monihan
Co-ProductionBricologista, Brooklyn, Mexico City

Rebeca Huntt

The writer and director was born in New York City, USA and studied at Bard College in New York State. She has worked as an archival producer for various documentaries and has made short films that have screened at several festivals. Beba is her debut feature-length film.

Filmography

2018 Hay coro; short documentary 2020 1800-Lovable; short documentary 2021 Beba; documentary

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022