Samantha Barahona is an Australian-born Salvadorian filmmaker from Western Sydney. She has recently finished her Bachelor of Screen Media (arts and production) degree at Western Sydney University. She has lived in Western Sydney her whole life and believes that the most interesting stories come from the diverse cultures and experiences found in Western Sydney.
During her time at university, Samantha has worked on many projects and has had the opportunity to work as a researcher, sound recordist, director and editor. She is most experienced in sound operating and has been doing more editing work this year.
In July 2018, Samantha was one of the ten WSU students who were chosen to make a short documentary film about environmental sustainability in Vanuatu, under The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program. Tasi Vanua was screened at the documentary day held at the university in October 2018. Samantha also had the opportunity to make her first drama short film, Alone, Together, which she co-wrote, directed and produced.
Samantha volunteered at CuriousWorks during the production of Las Rosas in 2017. She interned this past April and worked on projects such as CuriousWomen and the Beyond Refuge: Dialogues; she created a short video documenting the launch. She is currently one of the facilitators at a small filmmaking workshop in Fairfield.
Samantha is dedicated to providing a platform for those voices who are rarely represented in the media, and hope’s she can do that by sharing their stories through film.