Oluwaseun Babalola explores modern day Africa through her web series ‘SOJU’

My conversation with Oluwaseun Babalola—”Seun” for short—was empowering. We are both women who have a passion for what we are doing, and we are both doing all that we can … Continue reading Oluwaseun Babalola explores modern day Africa through her web series ‘SOJU’

Renaissance woman Namakula inspires women to follow their dreams: an interview with Agent 99 founder and CEO

I met Namakula at the Girl Power Film & Media Summit in Brooklyn this past March. The Girl Power Film & Media Summit is a celebration of Women’s History Month. … Continue reading Renaissance woman Namakula inspires women to follow their dreams: an interview with Agent 99 founder and CEO

2019 Girl Power Film + Media Summit

The work I saw was crafted with time and effort and filled more than just quotas. They were filling us with inspiration for a future in which female-identifying filmmakers are … Continue reading 2019 Girl Power Film + Media Summit

I can’t understand

Both willingly and unwillingly, Yance and so many others have done so much emotional labor to tell us their stories and relive their trauma, all to reveal to us the racism, sexism, bigotry, homophobia, and overall hatred that still exists and causes unfathomable pain, and it’s our job and responsibility to pay attention.

‘Strong Island’: documentary filmmaking as a coming-of-age tale

It’s always the women, the queer, and the blacks. They are the ones who tell stories. They are the ones who dig deep into their families’ histories. They are the … Continue reading ‘Strong Island’: documentary filmmaking as a coming-of-age tale

The contours of fear: a documentary elegy

It is a pessimistic view of life in America, and for Yance Ford and millions of people who look like him, it is a daily reality: living with the fear of being treated as a second-class citizen in school, housing, employment, and the law.