One thing I love about what I do here is following the progress of a project from the very first time we write about it – usually, before it’s been made, and/or a fundraising campaign has been launched for it – through its completion, when it becomes a fully-realized film! Some times it’s a matter of months; and in other instances, it’s years.
Such is the case for director Nev Nnaji’s feature documentary Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights.
It was in mid-2011 when we featured an IndieGoGo campaign for the project, in which the filmmaker hoped to raise $20,000 in completion funds.
She wasn’t successful in raising that money unfortunately, but, thankfully, she eventually found the necessary funds elsewhere to complete the film, which is now officially done, and has been begun its film festival travels.
The film focuses on the marginalization of black
women between the Black Power and Feminist ideologies of the 60s and
70s, up to the present day.
A tinderbox of an
issue I’d say, if past conversations on the matter that I’ve witnessed
are of any indication; it’s one that often inspires passionate debate
from all sides and angles.
So if the film is one that you’d like to see (check out the first trailer below for a glimpse at what to expect), and you are in NYC today, you should know that it’s screening at 6pm this evening, at The Chapel – Teachers College, Columbia University, as one of 73 films in the ongoing New York African Diaspora International Film Festival’s 2013 lineup.
Nnaji completed the film in March of this year, and hosted a pre-release screening at Tulane University alongside MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry for her course “Black Women and Politics in the South.”
Nnaji says that she plans to travel with the film to universities, festivals, and organizations all over the world.
For more information about the film and other upcoming screenings, visit www.yellokatproductions.com.
The film’s first trailer is embedded below: