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Creatively Speaking Presents Diversity Rising- Local Is Global

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Creatively Speaking Presents Diversity Rising- Local Is Global

Program Schedule

Friday, July 12th



Hello, World!

6:00 PM

Elza by Mariette Monpierre

Elza tells the story of a beautiful young woman who lives in Paris with her mother who has reason to celebrate -- she’s the first in the family to graduate from college with a Masters’ degree.  But on the eve of her great achievement, Elza realizes that she has never come to terms with her sense of identity, prompting her to return to her hometown in Guadeloupe to find her long-lost father. ELZA is inspired by director Mariette Monpierre’s personal story of searching for her biological father in her native Guadeloupe.  


Double Play – directed by Ernest Dickerson, produced by Lisa Cortes

Dickerson, the cinematographer of several of Spike Lee’s best-loved works and an accomplished director in his own right, travelled to the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao to craft this atmospheric, vibrant adaptation of an acclaimed novel by Kurasoleño author, Frank Martinus Arion. Part love triangle, part cultural celebration, the film’s protagonist returns to his native country from the Netherlands. There he must confront the memory of a long-ago incident whose repercussions haunt the present day.  This film features phenomenal performances by Luke Cage star Mustapha Shakir, and the always excellent Louis Gossett, Jr.

Shorts Program

Saturday July 13th

2 pm and 4:30pm


Auntie by Lisa Harewood (2013,15 min)

A common occurrence in the Caribbean, a young girl is being raised by her “Auntie”, who steps in as a parental surrogate following her mother’s migration to London. This arrangement has its downside, as neither child nor caregiver can know when their makeshift family could be torn apart. So goes the story in Auntie. But there is another side to the issue: For some families, the time spent apart can never be recovered. Auntie is a story that is at once universal- exploring conflicts of kinship, matriarchy and family ties- and particular, in its representations of a Barbadian experience.

De Colores by Luz Zamora/16 minutes/2017 

Aura Taibel has cleaned the houses of others for over thirty years. Through her service, Aura may be perceived as quiet and unassuming. Yet, in reality, Aura is a driven worker who skillfully navigates New York City while facing the challenges of being an outsider. Through Aura’s eyes, we learn about the challenges of living and working as an immigrant in the U.S., who, like many others, go unnoticed. Aura emerges triumphant as a promising real-estate entrepreneur in her native Colombia. Shot entirely by New School Documentary Studies alumnae, Luz Zamora, on her IPhone.

Charcoal by Francesca Andre/2017/5 minutes

Charcoal captures the parallel stories of two black women and their lifelong journey to overcome internalized colorism, find self-acceptance and ultimately redemption. Despite the vast distances between them, these women both face a barrage of social messages from strangers and loved ones alike. Yet through this painful erosion of their self-worth, these women rediscover their power and undergo a metamorphosis. They fully embrace the beauty, versatility and dignity of their melanin and begin to disrupt the generational cycle of self-hatred within communities of color.

Zahra and the Oil Man by Yusef Mayes – 2018/20 minutes

Zahra, the daughter to a Muslim street merchant, fights to save her father's struggling in hopes of changing the trajectory of her family's financial future. This engaging short takes place on the streets of a changing Newark, much like many other gentrifying urban centers.

A Girl Like Me by Kiri Davis – 2005/7 minutes

This documentary struck a chord in our collective consciousness while tackling existing stereotypes and the negative images that many girls of color face. Kiri’s film has gone on to garner national attention that includes the likes of First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and television news journalist Robin Roberts. However, it has been more heartening to see the untold number of adolescents and teens who continue to connect with her work and recognize their voices and feelings uniquely captured in such an honest and compelling way. Her talents make it easy to step into her stories, awakening a kaleidoscope of emotions, providing a much-needed wake up call.

Standing on the Scratchline by Julie Dash – 2016/11 minutes

This short documentary film by renowned filmmaker, Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust), deals with the subject of migration by returning us to sacred spaces of departure and arrival. Dash portrays the stories of a people seeking refuge and freedom in the African Methodist Episcopal denomination. Working with Mother Bethel AME church in Philadelphia and Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, S.C., Dash juxtaposes new footage with archival film and stills in a non-linear structure that also employs music and atmospheric sound effects.

Sticks and Stones by Rehema Imani Trimiew – 2006/9 minutes

Sticks & Stones directly addresses the psychological repercussions of race and class disparities within the American public education system. Based on the filmmaker's own experiences, this short film exposes the influence a teacher can bear on her student's abilities and the role parents must play in their child's education.

The Woodpecker by Alberto Morales – 2018/3 minutes

A walk in the woods turns into a real-life nightmare for a young woman – one too often experienced on an everyday basis for young women of color. This very short, comic, yet poignant satire was a class project for a recent graduate of The New School’s Media Studies graduate program.

Earlier Event: June 1