A Map for Saturday: An Interview with Creator Brook Silva-Braga

A couple weeks ago, I reviewed the movie A Map For Saturday. You may already know, I loved the movie. I acquired in touch with the director/star, Brook Silva-Braga, and fresh from his trip in Africa, he was sort of enough to provide me an interview.

Nomadic Matt: You took your trip in 2005. What made you choose to video tape it? The type of reactions did you can get on the street? Brook: Well I have been working at HBO for some time and the only reservation I had about leaving for a year was what it could mean for my career. So bringing the camera was ways to tell myself, ‘See, you aren’t throwing out your job.’ People reacted well to the camera especially once I learned to hold back some time before bringing it out. In addition, it distinguished me a bit from all of those other crowd but I believe people didn’t really imagine what I was doing would result in theaters and on TV, I was only a guy with a camera.

In the movie, among the central themes you hear from travelers is that they didn’t want life to pass them by. I believe that’s true with anyone. Why do you consider only some individuals travel while others stay static in their office? Well, Perhaps it’s a matter of priorities and background. My parents traveled a lot if they were younger and it had been always a thing that was encouraged however, not something I prioritized. It had been a fluke business visit to Asia that introduced me to the Thai backpacking scene and really planted the seed to have a big trip. EASILY hadn’t met Bill and Paul on Ko Samui and found out about their RTW trip I would still be within an office myself.

I was pleased to see you discussed the burnout you can face on the highway. Everyone thinks it’s any occasion but it is sometimes work and it wears you. I experienced it a number of times during my long term. Did you get burnt out? How? What did you do about any of it? I believe people hit a wall, usually about half a year in, and I was no exception. I stopped being thinking about seeing more temples or churches or city squares. The flip side of this was I became very, very comfortable living on the highway. It came to feel just like home though it was a different physical place every couple of days.

That which was the thing you walked away with out of this whole experience? I believe I came away with different ideas about how exactly I wish to spend my entire life and an appreciation for the joys of leisure time. That perspective may also be a curse for many individuals who return from long trips and also have trouble restarting their lives or careers, often for a long time after their trip. Right now I battle to balance my professional and personal ambitions.

What are you up to because the movie ended? Any new movie in the works? Are you inking major film deals? I really just returned from a five month trip through Africa and can spend the summertime and fall editing “1 DAY in Africa,” a documentary following five or six Africans from differing backgrounds on one day within their life. There’s a rural farmer, an expecting mother, a scholar, etc. I hope showing a side of life in Africa that’s more complex compared to the “look how bad it really is” or “look how hopeful it really is” variety we have a tendency to see frequently.

The movie leaves off in mid-2007 following the Paris premiere. Perhaps you have talked to the “co-stars” since that time? Yes, I’m still touching many of them. Sabrina (the German love interest) is arriving at NY this fall and Lonnie (the Dane who cuts my hair by the end of the full-length version) is in NYC now and you will be crashing on my couch in a few days. I visited Europe last summer and tried to see as much friends there as possible. It’s really beneficial to see people within a couple of years, if not that e-mail friendship will fade.

Actually, you talked a whole lot about how the additional time moved forward, the less the e-mails came. With the rise of Facebook, has that changed? May be the five hour friend something of days gone by? I don’t think so. I simply spent weeks in Lilongwe, Malawi where I made numerous excellent friends. But we haven’t e-mailed or friend-ed one another in the week since I left. I believe ultimately we probably were ‘Five-hour friends’…we filled a void for every other while we have there been and today we’ve gone our very own ways. The last time I saw Jens was at the European premiere this past year but he’s still training to become pilot for Lufthansa and as I am aware it he’ll be doing flight training out in Arizona though I didn’t hear back from my last e-mail to him. Sabrina has moved back again to her native Germany after a couple years in Amsterdam, she’s visiting NY rather than specifically to see me. I still e-mail Robert, who’s a “Five-hour friend” from the movie. He’s married now and surviving in his native Ireland.

I believe that’s true to an extent but Facebook certainly permits you to stay static in touch and track people easier. Initially, I tried in which to stay touch with everyone but as you travel you begin to identify that’s not desirable. Anyways, how includes a Map for Saturday changed your daily life? Hmm, that’s a fascinating question that I don’t think I’ve been asked before. I stated before the way the trip changed my entire life by making me appreciate the joys of leisure time. But it’s been the success of the documentary which has allowed me to remain out of an office the last 2 yrs. THEREFORE I guess A Map for Saturday has changed my entire life giving me the freedom to live the life span I would like to live.

I believe that’s true to an extent but Facebook certainly permits you to stay static in touch and track people easier. THEREFORE I guess A Map for Saturday has changed my entire life giving me the freedom to live the life span I would like to live.

Since not absolutely all folks are award-winning directors, any advice for many who want to live from the office? Well, there are a great number of ways to earn a living while you’re away, it’s beneficial to think a little more broadly than “travel writer” or “travel photographer” because everyone wants those jobs and there aren’t most of them. Most of us though have jobs where we are able to work our butt off for 4 or 5 months and then have sufficient cash to travel with limited funds for all of those other year.

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