With its unforgettable imagery, “Saturn Saved Me” is an overwhelming emotional experience. Sharon Smith delicately weaves past and present in her deeply penetrating film, mixing autobiography and emotional intensity to create a touching, acute meditation on the East-West dichotomy. We are proud to present Sharon Smith for this year’s CinéWomen Edition.

Sharon, tell us about your trajectory as a filmmaker. What inspired you to express yourself in this medium?

“Saturn Saved Me” is my first film. When I decided to film my experience in India, I really didn’t have a clue what I was getting myself into on an emotional level as well as technically since I had no training as a filmmaker. I basically taught myself as I went along. I have been a photographer for many years and feel comfortable using visual media to explore my reality and as a way to communicate. But the still image is different from an experience that unfolds in time and I had never attempted to actually tell a story through images. I felt that the complexity of a traveling experience might be more truthfully rendered this way.

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