About Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore
Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore is a multidisciplinary creative artist working in film, photography and dance in Melbourne, Australia. Known for her diverse range of skills in film production from art direction, editing, producing, cinematography, as well as choreography, costume and set design. Her longstanding relationship with non-for-profit organisation Multicultural Arts Victoria has engaged her with a diverse community of artists locally and internationally.
Claudia's fascination with storytelling and cultural exchange stems from her experiences in growing up surrounded by the vibrant and diverse arts community of Melbourne. She has facilitated dance, photography and film workshops across myriad festivals, community events and youth initiatives. Aria award nominated for best video of the year for Mojo Juju’s “Native Tongue” music video, the clip also took out,“2018 Best Music video of the year” in the annual Triple J awards. As a music video maker she has collaborated with artist including Kaiit, Odette, Meg Mac and Thelma Plum. She has made community-based short-form documentary and educational videos for World Vision Vanuatu, Desarts and Papunya Tjupi Arts Centre.
A four-year collaboration with Michelle Grace Hunder, Her Sound Her Story is a vital part of Claudia's ongoing contribution to the evolving conversation about women in Australian music. In 2018 Claudia received the Canon Australia film maker award acknowledging her continuous contributions to film making within the Australian music industry.
"I feel very privileged as a filmmaker to use my craft as a vehicle for empathy, to ignite more compassion and celebrate an old tradition of storytelling. For me personally, this really was and is a journey in listening. Really listening.
"Having worked in creative industries from a very early age, I have experienced first-hand the duality of being forced to exert an unruly sense of authority in highly male-dominated workplaces whilst simultaneously maintaining a feminine stature.
"The process of making this film was often confronting and heartbreaking, revealing my own inability to celebrate the parts of myself that were innately feminine. Realising I had never invested the time to form strong bonds with women, I became driven to listen and ingest their wisdom. I wanted to break my own preconceived ideas of what is to be a woman.
"Through these conversations, I observed time and again the exquisite quality that every woman possesses. That is their flawless capacity be beautiful, broken, graceful, courageous, vulnerable and messy all in the same breath.
"I reflect on the day it dawned on me that all these stories were a reflection of my own. I found solace in all the women standing together in their collective, unspoken pain. They inspired me, offering me strength to see the film through. I knew that if hearing their stories could change my life, perhaps the film would offer refuge to others like me.
"As an editor I realised the responsibility bestowed upon me to share their stories in the most authentic way possible. I wholeheartedly share their sentiment and relish the opportunity to present a film about so many precious artists, offering their stories to all women and music lovers around the world. It is a bold and frightening time to be alive right now. I feel the stakes are high, and more than ever it’s crucial that women's voices are heard and listened to.
"Unyielding in my determination to create a solely female narrative, my intention with this film was not to ostracise men, but to simply celebrate women. It's a chance to listen and, I hope, a grand gesture in the direction of change."
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