It was in 2019 that Glasgow-based filmmaker Camelia Cazan’s short documentary Rock and Roma was broadcast on BBC Scotland, but her journey with the film began a few years earlier with the germ of an idea.

The film followed a 21-year-old Roma woman, Rahela, and a 35-year-old Scottish man Neil, who live in the same neighbourhood but live very different lives.

Camelia attended a consultation with the Scottish Documentary Institute a few years prior to the film’s production, subsequently developing the idea, pitching it, getting a commission and then making the film for the BBC.

In this short video, Camelia tells us about her journey to becoming a filmmaker and making films about tricky topics like race. She also gives some advice to women making documentaries.

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