Friday, October 11, 2019
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
$35 per ticket; $60 for 2 tickets

On Friday, October 11, 2019 at 6 pm, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series will honor award-winning performance artist, author, and cultural activist Camille Yarbrough with our distinguished Reel Sisters Hattie McDaniel Award for her outstanding contributions to film, television, literature and performing arts over six decades. The Reel Sisters Trailblazer Award will be presented to Sandra Guzman, producer and lead interviewer of Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am, and pioneering filmmaker Leslie Harris, director of the classic film Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. Cash prizes will also be presented to our award-winning filmmakers.

Reel Sisters will celebrate the evening with a screening of Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am. Following the film, Malaika Adero, former VP/Senior Editor of Atria (Simon & Schuster), will moderate a conversation with Sandra Guzman and artist/scholar/cultural worker OlaRonke Akinmowo, founder of The Free Black Women’s Library. 

Award-winning producer/actress Andrea Lewis (Degrassi: The Next Generation), our 2019 festival curator, will serve as our esteemed Mistress of Ceremonies for an exciting evening of fun, film and networking!


Hattie McDaniel Honoree

Camille Yarbrough is an award-winning performance artist, author, and cultural activist. With a career that spans over sixty years, several continents, countless awards and accolades, Nana Camille has earned legendary status. She continues to inspire audiences today via Ancestor House, a local, long-running television show of sixteen years; her popular music album (also entitled Ancestor House); and via performances and lectures focusing on poetry, music, Black art, spirituality, and culture.

Camille Yarbrough was enstooled in New York by Abladei, Inc. (Ghanaian) as Naa Kuokor Agyman 1, founder of the Stool House of Harriet Tubman and was given the honorary title of “Nana.” Yarbrough toured as a member of the Katherine Dunham Company of dancers, singers, and musicians where she honed her performance and producing gifts and immersed herself in an independent study of African people throughout the Diaspora.