Evita has been writing for as long as she can remember. It’s a cliché; she knows that. But it is true. And as the daughter of a fellow writer, it’s not too surprising either. She recalls being around six years old—she must have only just learnt to read—and sitting with her mother’s white plasticky MacBook, writing away on a Word document. It was a story about broomsticks made of Christmas trees that had been stowed away in a closet to be replaced by a new shiny vacuum cleaner. And with the support of her parents, her imagination kept flourishing throughout the years.
Stories, whether written or read, became a lifeline for her. A way to not only escape the tall walls of the conservative Christian commune she grew up in but a way to preserve the parts of herself she was told to shun. Her power, her thoughts, her sexuality, and gender expression. All of the things that made her her.
[T]here’s really no one deciding Evita’s life path other than herself.CREATOR SPOTLIGHT: MALIN EVITA
Now twenty, living with her partner in the rainy Glasgow, Scotland, Evita is still getting lost within her stories. Her writing has branched out into different fields and is currently primarily focused on cultural and social issues essays.
She is also the founder of Making It: Women in Film — a multimedia platform dedicated to amplifying women’s voices in the film and TV industry through introspective and thought-provoking conversations. She is the host and creative producer on this project, which quickly went from being a pandemic distraction to a fiery passion of hers, now partnered with the production company Redeeming Features.
Whatever it is she does — writing, interviewing, translating — bringing people together is at the core of Evita’s work.
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Daughters of the Dust (1993) dir. Julie Dash
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