Dedicated activist Sonya Rosario brings her passion for women’s rights through the art of film. As an accredited documentary film director/producer, Rosario created two award winning documentaries which focused on the rights of Native American’s and the women who fought for them.
Both films, “Idaho’s Forgotten War” (2009), and “The Historical Impact of the “S” word: from One Generation to the Next” (2002), have won high acclaim from the film community.
Rosario started shooting her new documentary, “Sofa Diaries”, in August. As a returning student to Boise State, Rosario is seeking to refine her art as she continues to shoot “Sofa Diaries”. She will be traveling all over the Northwest to document her encounters with women from different ethnicities in a video-journal type format. These encounters will take place on a symbolic and reminiscent piece of a furniture, a sofa. Rosario shared many conversations with her deceased mother whom she credits as her inspiration towards activism.
Rosario’s main core theme of the film is to portray Idaho women and highlight their perspectives through
“Women in Idaho have a story to share,” Rosario said.
Rosario has an intimate relationship to the Boise State community, particularly the Department of Communication, which has been a major influence igniting her passion towards filming.
From her naive and humble film beginnings, she barely knew how to operate the technical aspects of a camera let alone developing direction in her work. However with persistence, passion, and a strength that was perpetuated by her activist roots, Rosario seeks to cement herself as a rising director.
“If the drive, passion, and desire is there, even from something simple as filming from your phone, anybody can do it.” Rosario said.
It was from the Department of Communication that she has found a majority of her crew, as she has actively sought to give women interested in or studying film a chance to gain valuable experience.
“I hire women that aren’t always hired. Most have been Boise State students.” Rosario said.
Rosario has now returned while also filming “Sofa Diaries”. Her first class back will be with respected adjunct professor, Benjamin Shedd, who has been involved in the film industry for over 34 years. Shedd also happens to be an Academy Award winner for his documentary (short subject) film, “The Flight of Gossamer Condor”, in 1974.
Rosario actively seeks to learn from the best as a way of developing her own skill as a film maker. From her beginning in film to now, she holds much gratitude to the Department of Communicaiton.
I am forever grateful to Boise State, especially the Department of Communication.” said Rosario.
“Sofa Diaries” is set to go to final edits next November.