Irene & Camila Mercadal

2021-2022 *This Is Not A Drill* Student Fellow

Irene & Camila Mercadal

Irene Mercadal is a filmmaker from Talca, Chile, currently based in NYC, where she’s coursing her thesis year as a Film MFA candidate at NYU Tisch. Irene has written, directed, and photographed numerous narrative short films and documentaries. Irene’s work explores feminism, gender, and people's actions against social injustice.

Camila Mercadal is a filmmaker and full-stack developer. As a film editor, she's worked on both fiction and documentary feature films that premiered prestigious festivals worldwide such as Cannes, Rotterdam, Visions du Reel, HotDocs, and Bafici. Born and raised in Chile, Camila has collaborated with filmmakers internationally and is fluent in English and German.



Dirt and Water

Dirt and Water is an aesthetic exploration of wetlands that aims to ignite curiosity and a sense of poetic beauty around them, thus creating awareness of their carbon capture and potential for adaptation to climate change. Through film of these landscapes and their people in the Aysén Region of Chile, we hope to capture a slice of their magic. The film will then be altered by words that people use to talk about wetlands, obtained through text analysis: on the one hand, words from scientific articles and activists posts from Twitter, and on the other, words from the interviews of their inhabitants.