Experiencing Interruptions?


#BeingMyTrueAuthenticSelf is a short film with no dialogue. It follows the cycle of a young woman who is DESPERATE to be noticed, seen, recognized and loved on social media. She is stuck in a cycle...a loop... of fantasy pitting itself against reality. Knowing the harm her obsession is causing, her unquenchable need to belong keeps her perpetuating a self-destructing cycle. These two inner desires fight and battle to the bitter end. #BeingMyTrueAuthenticSelf is a short film that ultimately highlights a social and cultural issue that is destroying the lives of so many young women across the globe.

  • Celina Igwe
  • Celina Igwe
  • Redeem Christian Church
  • Addy Cardenas
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Short, Drama, Social Media, Womens, Hispanic, african-American
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 23, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Austin Short Film Showcase
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    Honorable Mention
  • Direct Monthly Online Film Festival
  • London International Monthly Film Festival

    Honorable Mention
  • Las Vegas Black Film Festival
    Las Vegas
    United States
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Celina Igwe

Celina Igwe is a symbolic and artistic Writer, Director and Producer. She graduated from The Las a Vegas Academy of the Arts, (2002-2005), as a theatre major and majored in film at UNLV. She also has a BA in ministry. At Redeem Christian Church, Celina serves as the Creative Arts Pastor where she creates films, and theatre classes & productions with those in the community. She advocates for accessibility and the opportunities for the creative arts in under privileged communities. She volunteers her time, education and knowledge to encourage, inspire and build up the communities she serves.

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Director Statement

I remember social media in its early stages. MySpace built to represent me, myself and I to be enjoyed and shared with close friends and family. That was 20 years ago… the times of simply sharing your interests with the world have gone away. Suddenly there is so much pressure. We follow influencers instead of friends, we seek to reinvent instead of originate. Instead of expressing ourselves, we are altering ourselves to fit a form and fashion that has been deemed “worthy” by others outside of ourselves. In seeking to belong, we have been alienated. In hoping to stand out, we have begun to fade away. #BeingMyTrueAunthenticSelf is a story about blurring the lines between reality and desire, and falling into a cycle of self destruction. We recognize it, yet we continue to spin out of control.