Ja’Tovia Gary | Dallas, TX | 42 min
Filmed on location in Harlem and in Claude Monet’s historic gardens in Giverny, France, The Giverny Document is a poetic meditation on safety and bodily autonomy among Black women. This distinctive experimental feature utilizes direct animation techniques, woman-on-the-street interviews, and montage-style editing to explore the creative virtuosity of Black femme performance figures, simultaneously interrogating the histories of those bodies as spaces of forced labor and commodified production.
Keisha Rae Witherspoon | Miami, FL | 14 min
Genre: Documentary/Narrative Hybrid Short
A film crew follows three participants of Miami’s annual T Ball, an event where the grieving model RIP t-shirts and other innovative costumes designed to honor their dead. T received the Audience Award for Best Narrative Short at the 2019 New Orleans Film Festival, and is a 2020 Sundance Film Festival official selection. The film was just recently awarded the Golden Bear for best short film at the 2020 Berlinale.
Adriana Barbosa & Thiago Zanato | Los Angeles, CA | 20 min
Genre: Documentary Short
Arely Vazquez, a trans woman living in Queens, New York, is one of many devotees of the Cult of Santa Muerte, a Catholic-derived personification of death that she refers to as “La Flaca” (“The Bony Woman”). We follow Arely, who survived a near-fatal ailment with her pancreas, as she prepares a celebration with other cult members.
Olamma Oparah | Atlanta, GA | 4 min
Genre: Narrative Short
Dedicated to Toni Morrison, and adapted from Victoria P. Allen’s poem “Mother’s Stain,” Laundry Day ponders the generational divide between mothers and their daughters, as well as the silences that can exist in relationships between Black women.Reserve Tickets