Halima

A post bone marrow transplant recipient, navigates single motherhood while tackling hardships in her life.

  • Dina Valentin
    Director
  • Dina Valentin
    Producer
  • Jorge Gomez
    Producer
  • Jorge Gomez
    Cinematographer
  • Sim Castro
    Original Score
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 16, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - The City College Of New York
Director Biography - Dina Valentin

Dina Valentin was born in Honduras and at the age of 1, immigrated to the United States where she would eventually be diagnosed with sickle cell disease. She recently earned her BFA in Documentary Filmmaking from The City College of New York. Dina aims to use her passion for filmmaking and her own experiences to raise awareness and advocate for sickle cell disease.

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Director Statement

Two years ago I went back to school to complete and receive my BFA in Documentary Filmmaking. My experience living with Sickle Cell disease was the main reason for my graduation delay. SCD is a terrible and debilitating disease that can rob you of time, a lot of which can be spent in and out of hospitals or at home dealing with serious pain and fatigue.

My goal is and has always been to share and advocate for awareness around SCD and I knew my final project to graduate was an opportunity to do that. I reached out to a dear friend of mine and asked her to share her story, as one of the many lives impacted by SCD. To my surprise, the film was well received by the few I shared it with and also won the Best Director award among my graduating class.

I’m so proud of this accomplishment.

Thank You