About Sonia Malfa
Sonia Malfa slept in a snow cave for weeks while telemark skiing in the backcountry.
No big deal.
This director is as comfortable navigating the throng of inner city New York as she is sleeping on a rock in the middle of the wilderness.
A former outdoor educator, leading wilderness adventures, Sonia feels a deep connection to nature. She believes it was these experiences that equipped her with the leadership and interpersonal skills essential to being a great director. Nature’s magical, organic effects can be felt through every frame of Sonia’s work, her films awash with chiaroscuro lighting and visceral, immediate visuals.
As a Puerto-Rican female filmmaker Sonia’s identity is intrinsically woven into the films she makes. When starting a project, Sonia strives to find her own personal connection with the subject matter, resulting in deeply resonant work. Sonia consciously focusses on people of color and women’s stories, those who are too often overlooked and lacking in media representation. She’s inspired by their strength, spirit and courage, giving her subjects a platform that is softly powerful and beautifully authentic.
Growing up, Sonia was enthralled by her grandfather’s captivating poetry recitals. Storytelling runs like a bloodline through her family, with a shared bond for telling dramatic, surreal stories embedded with elements of magical realism. Sonia carries this family trait into her directing work, with her poetic visuals and emotive, atmospheric films. Her work is cinematically perceptive, using colour and light to express her subject’s emotional state.
When she’s not creating space for lesser told tales of resilience and community, Sonia can be found back in nature, comfortably rock climbing, kayaking, hiking and backpacking.