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"Velour" centers around a Type A fashion executive struggling to regain control after being sexually assaulted. She deeply internalizes the blame that society places on survivors. I created this film to help undo that blame. Instead of focusing on who hurt Valentina and why, I wanted to ask: what now?

The film began as a therapeutic outlet to work through my trauma in a new context but became a cathartic experience. "Velour" is a message of hope for those who desperately need it as well as a gateway to understanding for many who can't comprehend the pain.

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