We had the good fortune of connecting with Honeymoon Aljabri and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Honeymoon, why did you pursue a creative career?
I do enjoy learning about history, and storytelling. If we do not tell our own story, someone will tell, and when they do, most time they will shape and change how we know about us. I am Africa female filmmaker, I chose this career because I want to re write about African stories, I want to ask question about women and the power we have to change the world.. Is not easy to a female African filmmaker, but lots of tears and running around, step by step I believe one day I will be able to change mind of many who think less about Africa, especial African women.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
If I say I have overcome I will be lying to myself, I am still fighting the good fight. I have wrote produced and directed three films. the first one was in 2014 , Daddy’s Wedding, was filmed in Tanzania.. I won the gold medal from Houston woldFest, This film was selected at Hollywood screening festival, Roma cinema doc festival and best I won director at Zanzibar Film festival. The second one I did in Houston Texas is called Perfectly Oblivious , due the fund issues we filmed Perfectly oblivious 2017 and now we are on post production by the end of May will be out. The third film is called Mulasi,”My Friends” I filmed in Tanzania last year, this film is about how girls helping each other. This film looks like will get far, I have been selected to few film festival around the world Gutterbliss temporary festival, Piton International film festival Africa, and get to nominated to the final at Europa film festival , Apart from being a filmmaker, I am and indie children’s book author,. Now I am working a series call Amani, this little curious African girl goes around Africa and explore the tourism attraction and heritage. The first book in this series is Called Amani Wanders in Serengeti, second Amani swims with mermaid in Zanzibar, third one Amani dances with whale in Madagascar and the forth one is Amani sings at the flamingo festival in Kenya. My plan is Amani to visit all African country but he end of 2025
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Love and hate situation, I used to hate DC while living there, but since I have moved back to Houston, I realized I am in love with DC.. Spend less have fun more, I will do museums since most of them are free, and will take few days to finish all of them. The hike in the middle of the city “Rock creek . Take a walk at the wharf grab a dinner. Everyone needs a laugh, DC improv this if one of the best comedy club in DC.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shoutout to all Female filmmakers, I know is not easy to fight the fight ,” the men club” . I believe women filmmaker we are responsible to fight and to make sure there will be a chair for us at the main table. We need to pull each other up than to push each other down. We need to write and direct film that empower women than all stereotypes stories that push women down. We know all women are tough but female filmmaker are crazy, sassy and strong, so to all my girls out there, keep the fighting.
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