AIMS:

*To empower the creativity of women of colour.
*To break down the barriers which prevent women of colour from making their own films.
*To be part of creating a rich creative culture where everyone can experiment with expressing their ideas, opinions, and visions, furthering their artistic development.
*To create public events which encourage cultural diversity and respect between people with different life experiences
*To be part of creating a world free of racism and sexism.

Nosheen Khwaja

Nosheen Khwaja

Co-Founder, Chair & Artistic Director

Nosheen is a Glasgow School of Art graduate and practising multimedia artist/designer. Over the last 20 years she's curated cabaret nights, organised film screenings, given workshops on stop-motion animation, editing & subtitling, shown work & performed in Hamburg, Berlin, Amsterdam, Montreal, New York and the Uk.

Rosie Lewis

Rosie Lewis

Trustee

Practising artist & musician, Rosie is the Deputy Director of the Angelou Centre (a black and minority ethnic women’s centre) - a specialist Black & Minority Women’s Independent Domestic Violence Advocate and BAM! Sistahood! Project Co-ordinator. She has an extensive background in advocacy work with women seeking asylum and vulnerable children and young people having worked in both strategic and frontline roles in the domestic abuse sector. Rosie has been involved in social justice and feminist activism for over 20 years.

Cloudberry MacLean

Cloudberry MacLean

Co-Founder & Curator

Cloudberry MacLean is a practising writer and filmmaker. Examples this can be seen at http://stillupnorth.tumblr.com/ She has been active in community organising for over 20 years and has drawn a lot from her involvement with anti-poverty campaigns, women's DIY health events, LGBTIQ self - organisation and Digital Desperados.

Sharlene Bamboat

Sharlene Bamboat

Trustee

Sharlene Bamboat is a practising video & performance artist. Shaped by a queer framework, her work calls into question narratives of diaspora, citizenship and nation building. She is also on the board of VTape, and is the Artistic Director of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre).

Anna Bambridge

Anna Bambridge

Treasurer, Trustee

Anna brings her skills gained as a BA (Hons) Physics and Theoretical Physics Cambridge graduate to the Digital Desperados accounts. She also serves as the Treasurer of the Bates Association for Vision Education. She now runs her own natural vision practice, Indivisual, and has spoken and led workshops at the International Conference for Holistic Vision, Eyecare 3000 Optometry Conference, Schumacher College and the British College of Optometry and Vision Science.

Elaine Castillo

Elaine Castillo

Secretary, Trustee

Elaine Castillo received a BA from the University of California, Berkeley & an MA from Goldsmiths. Her fiction, essays and short films have been featured in The Rumpus, Center for Art + Thought, make/shift mag, and {PANK}, among others. She is currently at work on a novel, A Filipineia, and a collection of essays.

Derica Shields

Derica Shields

Trustee

Derica Shields is a writer, editor and film curator in New York. Her research interests include black diasporic visual art, film and futurisms. She is the co-founder of The Future Weird, where she curates experimental and speculative films by black and brown filmmakers. She has worked as the arts and culture editor for Okayafrica, and is a contributing editor at The New Inquiry.

Jackie Wang

Jackie Wang

Trustee

Jackie Wang is an academic, poet, musician, writer of numerous zines & articles and the author of 'Against Innocence'. Her writing has been published by Lies Journal, Semiotext(e), HTML Giant, BOMBlog amongst others. In her critical essays she writes about queer sexuality, race, gender, the politics of writing, mixed-race identity, prisons and police, the politics of safety and innocence, and revolutionary struggles. She is currently working on her PhD in African and African-American Studies and History at Harvard