Director Oge Egbuonu released today the powerful trailer of her first feature documentary, (In)Visible Portraits, which she calls “a love letter to Black women, and a re-education to everyone else.”
Nearly three years in the making, including eight months of intensive research and two months of compelling interviews, Oge’s original mission to create a feature that celebrated Black women and girls as seen through a patriarchal/matriarchal lens evolved into something more powerful and beautiful than she had imagined – a celebration of Black women told in their own words. Through their stories, struggles, celebrations, heartaches and shared experiences, (In)Visible Portraits shatters the too-often invisible otherizing of Black women in America, honoring their history, recognizing their power, and allowing them to reclaim their true narrative.
The documentary illuminates the history of how we got here, dismantles the false framework of the present-day reality, and celebrates the extraordinary heritage of exceptional Black women who have come before, while igniting hope for the next generation.
The film features interviews with scholars and authors including: Joy Degruy, author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing; Dr. Patricia Hill Collins, professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland; Dr. Melina Abdullah, professor of Pan-African Studies at California State University Los Angeles and co-founder of Black Lives Matter – Los Angeles; Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor of African Studies at Princeton University and author of Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code; as well as captivating poetry by poet, Jazmine Williams, and an original work by visual artist, Victoria Cassinova.
The film will be released digitally via Vimeo On Demand on June 19th