Hi, my name is Hectorlyne Wuor Jarmon and I was born in Liberia, West Africa. I moved to the United States when I was 7 years old with my family. I attended the University of Maryland and obtained a double degree in Theater Production and Accounting. I believe in storytelling. I believe that film is one of the most powerful and influential ways to convey a story. As a young girl growing up in West Africa, I would watch a movie and instantly be transformed by what I had just seen. I would learn about lifestyles and cultures that were very different from my own simply by popping in a VHS cassette tape. It changed my world and I knew that I wanted to be a part of the film making industry.
One of my favorite authors, Chimamanda Adichie, did a TED talk titled “The Danger of a Single Story”. In it, she describes how limiting and dangerous it can be when only one kind of story is repeated to the masses. We assume what we see to be the only truth, forgetting that there are millions of stories that need to be represented in order to truly understand a people. I am a champion of diverse storytelling because the world is a beautiful place, with people who have drastically varied experiences. And I want to be a part of creating stories that connect the entire human experience.