We are really excited to introduce this week Michele Mitchell for My week in Beulah. Today she is wearing the Evie top with a jeans for a causal look.
Journalist and filmmaker, she tells us about her amazing job and life.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
Bill and Judith Moyers. Working for them changed my life. Bill is one of the most respected journalists in the US, and his wife Judith runs their production company with grace and grit. I learned my craft, my mission and my attitude from them.
What is your favourite quote?
“Failure is not an option.”
What is your favourite flower?Plumeria, I grew up in Southern California, and we had a tree that grew from a cutting we brought back from a family vacation to Maui. They’re impossible to find in New York, where I live now, so I compensate with plumeria perfumes.
How would you describe your style?
Classic with a twist of fun. In my twenties, a famous female broadcaster told me that women could wear a low-cut shirt or a short skirt, but never both together. I chose the short skirt.
I love the scarves, but the Martha blouse in “Fluttering Wings” was in the window when I was walking by the shop during my 24-hour London visit in October. I wear it with a pair of black cigarette pants.
How would you describe your home interior?
Very much aimed at entertaining, often clinking with antique champagne glasses (which I collect) and lit with Feu de Beaumont candles in the woodsy scents that they do so well. There are pieces from my work travels scattered around that routinely puzzle my husband-type person. He’s always staring at a candleholder or basket I’ve brought back and asking me, “What is that?”
What do you think of what Beulah stands for and the work it does through the Beulah Trust?
Lavinia, Natasha and their Beulah team don’t have to do this. They could have simply opened a beautiful shop filled with beautiful clothes on a beautiful city block. Instead, they have taken their knowledge and talent and channeled these to empower one of the most disenfranchised groups in the world. Having traveled extensively through developing nations and witnessing firsthand how women are treated, I am very impressed not only by Beulah’s chosen mission but the very real impact it is having.
Could you tell us more about your film « the uncondemned »?
It’s my first feature-length documentary, and it tells the against-the-odds story of a mismatched group of underdog lawyers and activists from around the world who came together in 1997 to fight for the first-ever conviction of rape as an international crime of war, and the three remarkable women who stepped forward to testify amid a wave of witness assassinations. It’s a legal thriller with a lot of twists, and it’s also the first time that the story of this case has ever been told. We have crowdfunded almost the entire film.
I am absolutely determined to have rape taken as seriously as any other crime of war. And right now, despite enormous awareness of the issue, it isn’t. With the film and the community around it, that’s going to change.
What is the cause you fight for?
I have the enormous luck to be an upper middle-class American woman with a great education, tremendous support and the ability to tell a story that people will listen to. So, I have an obligation to use those advantages to help those who have little or no voice to be heard.
What do you find the most exciting about your job?
The fact that there’s no set schedule, a lot of travel, and then often the stories I tell can facilitate real change. It doesn’t happen all the time, but when a stranger comes up and says, “That really had an effect on me,” or, it has a direct impact on policy, it is the best feeling in the world.
What is the best city you have been to?
Rome. I’ve been there 90 times and swear by it as an instant-mood changer. Just prepare yourself for the taxi ride from the airport, and you’ll be fine.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
It takes a while to make a film—at least three years of your life—so in five years, we’ll be sitting down, taking a look at the new documentary! Now, in the off-chance that Ted Cruz somehow becomes president, we will be doing this in Hawaii, because that’s where I will move: to the furthest reaches of the United States.
What do like the most about traveling?
Meeting people. Everyone has a story, and I always learn something new.
What is your favourite accessory?
My tiny gold-and-diamond Hamsa necklace, given to me by two of my closest friends when I finished my first film. It’s the universal good-luck symbol, and I never take it off.
What is your favourite thing about/place in London?
Besides Beulah? Cheesy biscuits at Sally Clarke and dinner at The Shed are must-dos for me, but my very favorite part about London is the people. It is such a friendly city that I am always sad to leave.