Reel Sisters Presents Bridge Over Troubled Water: Films Celebrating Courage & Healing

On Fri., Sept. 28, 7 pm-9 pm, In tribute to legendary Aretha Franklin’s transforming musical talents, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series will present Bridge Over Troubled Water, an evening of shorts dedicated to courage, healing and sacrifice. Reel Sisters theme for the season is #Time4Self and honors the power of self-care, wellness and healing in times of trouble and challenge.  Doors open at 6:30 pm. Come early to enjoy tea and art at BRIC. Free. Host: Raqiyah Mays, author/journalist/radio personality. The event is part of BRIC’s Stoop Share series. Location: BRIC, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. Trains: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Nevins.

The film selections include Blaque, a visual essay celebrating Black women set to Nikki Giovanni’s poem “Ego Trippin’,”; The Perfect Sacrifice, a short narrative dedicated to Emmett Till portraying the courage and pain of his mom’s journey to expose the brutal racist system that murdered her son; and The Blue Line, a film documenting a small town descending into outrage and conflict when a blue line in support of the police is painted on a road.

MODERATOR’S BIO

Raqiyah Mays wears many hats. She’s an author, journalist, radio personality on New York’s 107.5 WBLS, and life-long activist. Over the past two decades, she’s written and edited articles covering the intersection of social issues and entertainment for everyone from Vibe, Ebony, Essence, and Black Enterprise to The Associated Press, Billboard and Complex. Heavily using social media as her platform, Raqiyah Mays’ inspirational debut fiction novel, “The Man Curse,” was released by Simon & Schuster digital. The critically-acclaimed novel was turned into an empowerment workshop conducted at domestic violence shelters in NY & NJ. The winner of numerous awards, Mays was chosen by retail outlet – The Limited – as a dynamic female leader featured in its nationwide “New Look of Leadership” campaign. Today, she extends her activism into writing about human rights for the Nobel Peace Prize winning Amnesty International, the world’s largest human rights organization. She has also extended her brand into the podcast world as host of “Real Black News.” The new weekly show breaks down the top five black news stories of the week with newsmakers from the worlds of entertainment and activism.


FILM SELECTIONS

Blaque

Director: Eboni Price
Writer: Eboni Price, Poem by Nikki Giovanni
Producers: Kristofer Cross, Angelica Lee, Narlyia Sterling
Experimental, 8:25 min.

Set to Nikki Giovanni’s “Ego Trippin”, Blaque is a visual essay that highlights the complexities of Black womanhood in America through a look at the stereotypes, experiences, and perceptions that often navigate how they are received by others and themselves.


The Perfect Sacrifice

Director/Writer: Tiffany Littlejohn
Producer: Shawn Mowlai
Narrative, 19:58 min.

Mississippi, 1955: After her son is kidnapped and brutally murdered, a mother fights to have an open-casket funeral in order to expose the ugly racial problems facing the country at that time.


In The Field

 Producer: Ej Argenio, Tesia Walker, Ryan Davenport
Director/Writer: Tesia Walker
Narrative, 14:22 min.

In The Field follows an ambitious local reporter, John Landon, who witnesses a police-related shooting of a black girl outside a toy store on Christmas Eve. John is tasked with interviewing the girl’s family to get the scoop that will bring him national fame. However, he finds that getting the exclusive involves more than just being there first.


The Blue Line

Director: Samantha Knowles
Documentary, 17:18 min.

The Blue Linedocuments the controversial decision made by a small town to paint a blue line in support of police on one of its busiest roads, an explosive division emerges between residents for and residents against the line. The film, which is part of the New York Times Op-Docs series, premiered in the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.


Reel Sisters & Kumble Theater Host Reel Sisters Filmmakers Awards & Celebrates
Bridgett Davis’ Naked Acts on Oct. 17

RSVP: Filmmakers Awards

On Wed., Oct. 17 at 6:30 pm, Reel Sisters and the Kumble Theater will celebrate the 20thAnniversary of Naked Acts at our Filmmaker Awards Reception. Join us for an enchanting evening of film and conversatiowith master storyteller Director Bridgett M. Davis, a Reel Sisters alumna, and presentation of awards to our winning filmmakers. Clairesa Clay, founder of Blerd City, will moderate the discussion on the film. The event will be held at the Kumble Theater, LIU Brooklyn (On Flatbush Ave., bet. DeKalb Ave. & Willoughby St.). Event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, please RSVP in advance.

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