A cinepoem by Sudanese-Canadian artist Roua Aljied, aka Philosi-fire, about the realities of domestic violence and how each step a woman takes is a new color to paint on the canvas of her life. Created in partnership with Women in International Security Canada and the 16 Days of Activism Campaign in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and performed live for the 2016 International Women’s Day ceremonies in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


About Derek Price

Derek Price is an award-winning director and producer from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. A late bloomer to the business of film, Derek made the change from a career in business in 2011. He was awarded the Best Director award at the Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival for his short film, All That Remains. He is the director and cinematographer of more than 30 short films, several of which have been shown around the world, and is also director of photography on several independent features. He is a professional editor with several credits for film and television. Primary Colors is his second collaboration with poet Roua Aljied.


Director’s Statement

The first time I heard Roua recite Primary Colors was when we filmed it, wanting her delivery to be raw and honest. Most of that first take is still in the final product. It was overwhelming and beautiful. Her slam poetry is a privilege to hear and is extremely personal and touching. She is not only a poet and artist, but an inspiring mover and shaker in the realm of activism and social justice. Her work draws you in and leaves you feeling like you’ve been punched in the gut with the poignant words that she uses to tell her stories. She is a force to be reckoned with.