Back to IndieWire

Education Doc ‘Baobab Flowers’ Connects the Black Communities in Philadelphia and Brazil

"I believe black women have a key role in keeping the values and positive identities in black communities."

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Baobab Flowers

Logline: “Baobab Flowers” is a documentary about education inequality as a global issue in black communities.

Elevator Pitch:
“Baobab Flowers” is a personal documentary that blends poetic and observational footage following the journey of two high school teachers: Storm Foreman (Nyanza Bandele) in Philadelphia, United States, and Priscila Dias in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Director, Gabriela Watson Aurazo, immerses herself in a journey to make the connections between communities of the African Diaspora. Through a female perspective, the documentary intends to address the similarities of black women, the impact of low quality education in the black community and the struggle to achieve equality in education.

Production Team:

Gabriela Watson Aurazo – Director/Producer
Doris Derby – Executive Producer
Melissa Skolnick – Creative Producer
Joyce Prado – Producer
Hannah Angle, Tomires Ribeiro, Renato Candido de Lima – Cinematographers
Renata Martins – Assistant Director
Ana Julia Travia – Producer Assistant
Liliane Braga – Consultant
Mark Kaercher – Line Producer
Marco ZX – Graphic Designer
Cleonice Fonseca – Dancer

About the Film:
As an Afro-Brazilian, the access to quality education lead me to many important experiences, at the same time most Afro-descendants around the world have their lives limited because they don’t have the same opportunities. As a person of the African Diaspora with a multi-cultural background I’m passionate about connecting with other Afro-descendants. I want to contribute to a cross-cultural dialogue that can help communities to support each other. I’m inspired to tell the story of Nyanza and Priscila, as I believe black women have a key role in keeping the values and positive identities in black communities.

Current Status: We are fundraising and in production, finishing to shoot in USA and Brazil.

Got a project that you’d like to be featured? Submit to Project of the Day!

Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

This Article is related to: Toolkit and tagged

Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox