Claudia was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1973. She worked as a film director, making several films, including two awarded feature films. Discovering Shiatsu changed her life. Since then Claudia bridges her work as an independent film maker with healing, focusing on an holistic and organic approach. She often uses images and sounds as meditation, a way to explore the depths of life and as healing art. She also uses video for social change and activism, namely in environmental and housing issues. As a Wanderer she has travelled to many places, including distant lands such as South Korea, Finland, Morocco, Canada and Jamaica. She travelled to international film festivals, workshops, artist residencies, made road movies and spiritual journeys. Claudia lived in Lisbon, Bordeaux and Philadelphia, and moved to London in 2007. Her recent Soul Journey, took her into new directions. Currently she lives a simple life, with Nature, making her films, offering healing and planting a garden.
"My work is towards wholeness, healing, and deep living. Some people know me as a filmmaker; I see myself simply as a human being; a creative, a healer and wanderer going through the world, enjoying the gift of life and its wide range of experiences. I'm a Nature lover, a Soul explorer, a permaculture gardener, an Earth protector, a tree sister, a wise woman. I practice meditation, tai chi, I like music, dance and to stare at clouds, walk in the fields and swim in the sea! At some point I worked as a carer with women living with dementia or dying. I wrote a book about my soul journey... I try to connect and integrate all things, to help create the 'more beautiful world our hearts know is possible'."
Making films since 1995
"I like to use video to create awareness and to inspire people for action as I see the importance of video and online platforms for social change.
Recent work includes an independent socially engaged project about the housing crisis in London - Give us Space. I filmed, edited and produced the feature documentary, created the art work, designed the website, been organizing activist events about housing and did an exhibition. Since 2016 I have been on a soul journey, which resulted in a film-mediation called The soul journey and a self-published book: Travelling like clouds. For the past few years I am also part of the pre-selection committee of SIMA (Social Impact Media Award), watching and helping selecting activist documentaries.
In the past, I directed many films including 2 awarded full-length feature films [won ‘The Critic’s week Award’ in 2000 at the Venice Film Festival, and ‘Us’ was awarded in Locarno]. I worked in professional film in Lisbon from 1995 to 2003, with film directors such as Paulo Rocha, Pedro Costa, José Alvaro de Morais. My first 2 films were produced by maverick director/producer/mentor Paulo Rocha (1995-98); my 2 following feature films were produced by producer Paulo Branco / Madragoa and Clap Filmes; those had theatrical release and did the circuit of international film festivals.
Since 2004 I self-produced all my films independently, working in a small scale, in holistic ways. I moved to the seaside, studied Shiatsu massage and tai chi, worked as a massage therapist, and traveled around. Meantime was awarded an European scriptwriting workshop (Script&Pitch), won a grant from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and in 2005-06 moved to Philadelphia as an artist in residency at Temple University, where I had the opportunity to work on a script with scriptwritter and mentor Jeff Rush; while in the US I create interdisciplinary work, mixing film with media arts, locative narrative, interactive performance and site specific. I moved to London in 2007 and then to Brighton in 2018"