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 "You're not an artist, Peggy. You solve problems." Don Draper.

RAFAEL DAMY JOINS BIRTH
17 January 2022

To judge by the films on their website, BIRTH London have bagged themselves an absolute star by signing Brazilian Rafael Damy.

And, as he appears to have an innate understanding of some of the most pressing social issues of our time, he's perfectly positioned to provide an authentic voice for any brand genuinely looking to make a bold statement about the increasingly complex realm of gender politics.

Take a look at his compelling film 'Let Her Run', for instance... it's a really remarkable piece of work, candidly focusing on the testing which female athletes are put through to ensure that they are not chromosomally advantaged.

The film treads a delicate path of revealing an inherently degrading process without being guilty of degrading the actress who depicts it.


'Let Her Run' is one of those insightful films that takes something we know about and perhaps blithely assume to be a fairly benign process - in this case, sex testing for athletes - and shines a light on it which makes us completely rethink it.

Similarly, his film for Associação Nacional de Travestis e Transexuaisa (Antra) - a Brazilian organisation which lobbies on behalf of transexuals, looks at an area of modern life which is currently stirring up strong feelings, and does so with a similarly sensitive and sympathetic eye.


In some respects, 'My First Bra' covers fairly familiar ground. We're used to the idea of a macho father who cannot understand their child's differences and - compared with other stories in this realm - the dad's Damascene conversion is bracingly sudden, but it nonetheless offers an opportunity to see Damy's ability to coax terrific performances from his actors, and for the director to demonstrate that he's on the right side of history.

For more on BIRTH London's new signing, call Kate Elson on 07970 943464 or take a look at Damy's presence at BIRTH's website.

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