SKIN DIVER / KATYA ABEDIAN

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To be okay with not being like everyone else, and to be confidently vulnerable.


WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER: KATYA ABEDIAN
CINEMATOGRAPHER: LIAM SOLO
EDITOR: HOLMES AWA
SOUND DESIGNER: DAN THACKWRAY
SAFFRON: DEMI VAN DER WESTHUIZEN
MANZI: TONY GUM

Tell us a bit more about Katya 

I am half Persian, half South-African and was born and raised in South Africa. Jozi is home, Cape Town is where I am studying at the moment. I like to spend time composing music on my slightly-out-of-tune piano when I am not working on films and other things. I am trying to take one great photograph a day to keep my eye in tune. I shoot analogue. I love people and their stories and I aspire to share important stories for those who cannot do it themselves.
Things that make me tick: injustice, ignorance, people who care half-heartedly, unfriendliness, apathy, laziness, dishonesty, entitlement, disunity, doubt, materialism et al. Cause I fight for: the unification of mankind, universal education, elimination of the extremes of wealth and poverty, the equality of women and men.
 i.e. life philosophy: The Bahá’í Faith. 

 
Growing up, what has been one of your fondest memories.
Serving in communities around South Africa, like Soweto and Delft, from a young age. Being exposed to the reality of our country’s majority and learning to be concerned about the lives of others.
 
The film has a moment where Saffron speaks to the goldfish and said, How convenient that you have a short term memory. How do you document your memories in order to remember them? Do you also make use of writing and photography the way Saffron does?
I keep pocket-journals, I definitely record and reflect using writing and photography in a way similar to Saffron.
 
Before people commit to pursuing a creative project there usually is an ah-ha moment- what what your ah-ha moment?
When I decided I had nothing to lose by starting and was going to try my best to create the things I wanted to exist, not letting age or time get in the way of things.
 
What was the main message you wanted the viewers to take away from your film?
To be okay with not being like everyone else, and to be confidently vulnerable.
 
How did you choose your team members who worked with you to create this piece?
I met with them beforehand and tried to get a sense of their attitude and way of being, especially their responses and engagement with the ideas and intentions for the film. I approached the Demi and Tony personally and the crew were all friends recommended to me by a friend that I trust. I chose to work with people who chose to work with me.
 
What can we expect in the future from Katya Abedian?
Increasingly meaningful and worthwhile work that will initiate and inspire change, I hope and pray.
 
Lastly- tea vs coffee?
Tea, because I’m Persian.

KATYA ABEDIAN @katyaabedian
D
EMI VAN DER WESTHUIZEN @demisemiquaverrr
TONY GUM @tony_gum
HOLMES AWA @36.shots
L
IAM SOLO @liamsolo