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Director Janicza Bravo on Zola, a Twitter Saga Gone Silver Screen

Janicza Bravo wears CO Collections two-piece suit and Esenshel hat in her backyard. Makeup by Toby Fleischman.
Janicza Bravo wears CO Collections two-piece suit and Esenshel hat in her backyard. Makeup by Toby Fleischman.

Days prior to our interview, director Janicza Bravo fell asleep behind the wheel of her car. Shaken up by the accident, she took sometime off to recalibrate. “Today is the day,” she tells me over Zoom, “that I’ve decided to keep on living.” She laughs while saying this. Her office in Los Angeles, from what I can see, explodes with light. Behind her, a mirrored storage wall reveals what is afoot: foliage dappled with sunshine, rows of neatly labeled bins, Bravo folded into herself at a desk. She wears a boatneck striped shirt and lights a cigarette mid-sentence. Breathe in, breathe out. Looking at me, not her digital reflection, she asks: “How are you?”

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