The Woman Behind is a mini-docu that profiles women paving their own way in male-dominated industries to inspire and uplift women to make their mark.
We chatted with the mini-docu creator Antinea about making the series, the importance of building a relationship with your subject, financing the project and much more.
Hey, thanks for taking the time to chat with me. Can you introduce yourself to our Betty’s.
My name is Antinea Radomska, I’m 23 years old, I have a dual citizenship, Poland and Italy.
I’m studying Cinema Studies at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, where I created Redroom with Valerio Ferrara, a network for young students who want to experience a cinema set and learn the technicalities of moviemaking.
In 2016 I won the European call “Torno Subito” with a project to improve international cooproductions in independent productions.
I moved to Paris because, thanks to the scholarship, I had the chance of studying Filmmaking at the ESRA academy.
During this experience I met a great Fashion Filmmaker with whom I worked on many projects.
Once I finished my studies I became Editor of the Video Section for the European magazine Cafèbabel, where I created two formats: “Who Cares” a short format and “The Woman Behind” Pilot of , I hope, a long format future series.
I eventually moved back to Rome for six months in order to finish the second part of the European call “Torno Subito”. I’m also still working as freelance photographer and filmmaker.
What inspired you to start this mini docu The Woman Behind?
The Woman Behind started with the purpose of telling women stories with a different perspective: The idea was to making it about someone that wasn’t famous or necessarily known, but women like every other, changing their own life and showing power with simple means in everyday life. I wanted to speak about what’s already changing in women life and telling stories about the amazing opportunities we now have in the world, we still have a lot to fight but we’ve already started and we are strong about it.
I also wanted to talk about the fact that even in solitude and in a place unknown and far from the country of origin, we’ll be fierce and that we can make it through almost everything right now. For me it was to present a different way of talking about women and feminism, in a solution journalism kind of idea. Showing what we can already do, not by forgetting what we’ve been through and the big fights we still have to fight, but by showing a different way of thinking and acting in our lives.
Barbra has such an effortless confidence to her on screen. What was it like to be around her energy while filming?
I had the chance of meeting Barbara while I was living in Paris, when I met her I immediately thought she was perfect for it.
She’s a “showgirl”, you notice her, she doesn’t give up and she knows which battles she want to fight.
Eventually we became very close friends in the process, we thought of the camera as if it was my eyes, she was talking to me, we were in a conversation, she was telling me her story, that’s also what helped her and what helped me catching the best moments.
We also enjoyed it because while I was discovering her she was discovering herself, that’s why all of her energy came out so strong, and I also can tell that after filming she was completely emptied, as if she gave every tiny drop of energy to me and to the camera in those moments. It was a beautiful and revelatory experience for both of us.
What was the best and worst part of production?
The best part of production was the filming of the interview for the reasons I stated before. The worst part was the timing, worked a lot so organizing the session was very difficult.
There was no real production budget, so we had to do it with our own small means, that stressed also a lot. Especially in the post-production of the project the time was very short (if you consider how long does it take normally take in the post production process).
What advice do you have for women interested in sharing or filming stories?
My advice to other women is that you don’t have to be a star or someone famous to be a game changer.
What women really need to know, is that we’ve already started fighting and that we are not alone and that every one of us can be inspiring to others in our own different ways.