Dominican filmmaker Leticia Tonos, director of the acclaimed new film La Hija Natural (The Love Child), talks with AQ Online about her rise in the film industry and the premiere of her new movie during Dominican Film Festival night at the New York International Latino Film Festival (August 15–21).
Interview by Wilda Escarfuller.
Americas Quarterly Online: What initially drew you to writing and directing?
Tonos: I was very shy as a child but very observant of people’s emotions, behaviors and interactions, all of which would eventually contribute to my skills as a director. I enjoyed being in the background in social gatherings to study the behavior of people and their expressions to help me develop characters for my movie.
AQ Online: You’ve been working on La Hija Natural since you graduated from film school. Describe the creative process for the movie. What are some of the underlying social issues?