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Sonja Bertucci
Assistant Professor of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (Film Studies)

Sonja Bertucci is a Richmond-based filmmaker and scholar. She has an MFA in Film and Video from California Institute of the Arts as well as a PhD in French Literature and Film Studies from UC Berkeley. Originally from France, she has taught at numerous institutions of higher learning in the US (including Occidental College, Temple University, UC Berkeley, and Duke University, among others). In dialogue with her academic research, her films take a poetic-experimental approach to filmmaking and have focused so far on questions of ephemerality, representations of grief and loss, and the struggle for personal and communal survival. Her first feature-length documentary, entitled Stranger from Within, is a personal and political film about Serbian culture in Kosovo. The film won the Special Jury Award at Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival in May 2015 and has since then been shown on national television in Serbia (RTS). Many of her short films have screened at international festivals, and most recently, a documentary entitled Fixing the Earth (2018) made with Laureline Amenieux, will be shown on television in France (November 2018).


MORRIE AND BETTY (expected 2019, HD, 70'). Documentary Post-Prod.
Script, Camera, Editing

EVERYTHING COUNTS (expected 2019, HD, 30'). Experimental Short Post-Prod.
Co-directed with filmmaker Rebecca Baron

HEALING THE EARTH (2018, HD, 52'). Documentary for Le Mans TV
(France) co-directed with Director Laureline Amanieux, Expected Broadcast in November 2018

STRANGER FROM WITHIN (2017, 55’, HD). TV Version.
Broadcast: RTS (Radio Television of Serbia) 09/13/2018
Broadcast: TV- Novi Sad 10/06/2017

A HARD WORLD FOR LITTLE THINGS (2016, Super 8, 2'). Experimental Short
Commission from The Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles
Conception, Camera, Editing
Accolade Global Film Competition: Award of Recognition Film Short 03/08/2017
NewFilmmakers LA 03/24/2017
Atlanta Film Festival 03/25/2017
Athens International Film + Video Festival 04/09/2017
New York City Independent Film Festival 05/03/2017
Extremely Shorts Film Festival 05/19/2017
Seattle International Film Festival 05/24/2017
Milwaukee Short Film Festival 09/09/2017
Antimatter Film Festival 10/26/2017
Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, Tribeca Film Center 11/09/2017

STRANGER FROM WITHIN (2015, 77’, HD). Documentary
Script, Camera, Editing
Ackland Film Forum, Chapel Hill 11/09/2015
International Human Rights Film Festival, Tirana (Albania) 09/25/2015
Docudok, Maribor (Slovenia) 08/29/2015
World Premiere, Beldocs, International Competition, Belgrade (Serbia)
Special Jury Award 05/08/2015
Redcat Theater (Los Angeles) 04/29/2015
SILENCE (2010, 7', HD). Experimental Short
Script, Camera, Editing
Redcat Theater (Los Angeles) 05/02/2010
Monaco Film Festival (Monaco) 04/20/2011
Video Installation for New Works Festival (Valencia)

Ph.D., UC Berkeley
French Literature and Film Studies
M.F.A., CalArts
Film and Video
Contact Information
420A Weinstein Hall