Trinidadian director Maya Cozier fell in love with film from the other side of the camera, while working as a dancer on Nicki Minaj’s Pound The Alarm music video in 2012. “That was the first time I saw an international crew, and being someone from a small place, that had a huge impact on me,” she explains. “I was always intrigued by the process, but I never had much access to it because it’s not something that happens where I live.” Cozier, who’s also worked as a model, grew up doing painting and sculpture at school, but wasn’t sure where she’d fit in at art school. After making her first film at college (featuring a limbo dancer she followed on tour around the US) Cozier left Trinidad and Tobago and moved to New York to study at the School of Visual Arts. But despite leaving her home country, she’s always kept the island in mind. As well as several music videos for local musicians, she rooted her short films She Paradise and Short Drop in Caribbean culture.
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Interview by Emma Tucker