Since completing his studies in film production at Concordia University, Roberto Santaguida’s films and videos have been shown at more than 400 international festivals. Roberto is the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award, the Chalmers Arts Fellowship and a fellowship from Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany.
Since my adolescence I have grappled with the shame sometimes associated with neurodiversity. A strict buffer zone between my internal life and my work has long been in place. While my documentaries portray people’s struggles for a better existence, I have opted for concealment as my own means of survival. However, I see my new projects as precious occasions to explore the primary impetus for why I create – my madness – and reclaim it. I will heal from my traumatic past, so I can move forward, bridging my bygone denial and future acceptance. I will reframe experiences of longing and frustration as sites filled with discovery and potential.