I’m thinking about revisiting a film I started in 2003 about women of color and hip hop. The short documentary “Who’s That Girl” also known as “Reflections on Women of Color and Hip Hop” engaged hip hop fans in a critical inquiry around the messages and representations of women of color in hip hop. You can see a trailer here:
Since 2003 a bit has changed in my life. Last year I received my Masters degree in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media from Temple University. I chose this program to delve into the world of media literacy, an interest sparked by the making of this film. Ironically, this education left me with more questions than answers. Along with these questions I’ve developed a sense of urgency in regards to representations of women in the media, since much has not changed. To revisit this documentary means to confront those unanswered questions in forward moving ways.
Through education, the process of making this film and personal research, I’ve developed an understanding of the problems, the barriers, the dilemmas. At this point, I am interested in making a film that shifts focus to the solutions, necessary actions, the change-making. If I do tackle this film again, I will draw from some of the old footage, but my goal is not to simply make a case for change (this has been done), but to show what kind of change is needed and to suggest how we can get there.
Langston Hughes Film Festival, Seattle, 2004
B Girls Be Festival, Minneapolis, 2005
H2Ed Summit and H2O International Film Festival, NYC, 2005
Urban Literary Film Festival, North Carolina, 2005
Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2006
Her Voice, Her View Film Festival, NYC, 2006
Atlanta Hip Hop Film Festival, 2006
Toni Cade Bombara Conference, Atlanta, 2007
Black Women’s Arts Film Festival, Philadelphia, 2009