Hanna Batista was born in a small town in the interior of the Brazilian Amazon. Since her poor childhood, she has always had a passion for stories and people. But instead of becoming the gossip of the town, as a teenager she decided to dedicate herself to student activism and to a community theater group, where she began to express herself and have her first experiences directing people.
To the dismay of her parents and at just 19 years old, Hanna dropped out of nursing school in Amazonas and went alone to São Paulo, where she worked hard until she managed to study photography and discovered her talent for capturing incredible images of the world. That’s when the magic happened: after working for a while as Assistant Director in videoclips and commercials, she directed her first videoclip for the black artist and activist, Bia Ferreira.
With the Afrofuturist clip, she stood out in the music world and opened up spaces for her entry into advertising, winning a bronze lion at Cannes for her first advertising job. Since then, Hannahas not stopped: she has won awards and directed campaigns for Ruffles, J&J, Netflix and Kit Kat, most recently directed a clip for the artist Criolo, in which she was able to develop a fantastic fable set in the outskirts of São Paulo.
Hanna continues to create incredible stories with a young and universal language, full of elements of pop culture, fantasy and Afrofuturism, but always bringing a special touch from her Brazilian Afro-Indigenous and Amazonian perspective.