Mustapha Barat ABC was recently elected as the president of IMAGO, the international federation of cinematographic societies.
In a statement released by the federation, Barat commented, “I would like to thank everyone for the trust bestowed in me. I was recently elected as the president of the Brazilian society of cinematographers (ABC), and am honoured to be the first president of IMAGO from a Latin American society.
I am aware of all the responsibilities and challenges that lie ahead and I see it as an opportunity to continue the steps taken by some of my predecessors to build new paths for IMAGO , as well as to shine a light on our work and plans for the future as they are relevant to cinematographers.
I see the expansion of IMAGO as essential, by bringing back the European societies that left as well as including Latin American, African and Asian societies. The aim is also to make IMAGO a centre of communication and interaction in all matters related to cinematography, by improving the IMAGO website, using social media platforms and an IMAGO mobile app.
Our technical, education, working conditions, authorship rights, diversity and inclusion committees all do great work, and the resumption of the masterclass committee is fundamental.
We are in a world where intolerance is in evidence, and I aim to create an atmosphere that is more conducive to understanding, friendship and camaraderie. I am open to ideas, want to work in the most transparent and democratic way, and pay tribute to Luciano Tovolli AIC ASC and the other founding members of IMAGO.”