The group will engage in various types of somatic and spiritual healing work and create a safe space to process grief and pain rooted in experiences of racism, rape, colorism, and other diseases of patriarchy and colonialism. The community, under the guidance of an elder shaman, will support one another in releasing and transmuting this pain into creative energy.
In addition to the healing circles being filmed by an all women of color crew, the participants will be filming one another by creating video art pieces inspired by the emotions and memories that surface throughout the work. These pieces will be filmed in smalls crews and use filmmaking as a movement meditation (on grief, on madness, dominance, on submission, on liberation, on community, on love).
Nova Scott-James is a filmmaker, artist and creative coach from Harlem, NYC. Her childhood experiences of being flooded with the sounds and culture of jazz has impacted her creative aesthetic greatly as her work honors improvisation, altered states of consciousness, ritual and collaboration. Nova is an adjunct instructor at the NYU Tisch School of The Arts teaching filming in intensive programs for high school students.Two of her short films have played at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in the New York African Film Festival ‘Handmade in Thamaga’, a documentary short about a women’s pottery collective in Botswana, and ‘My Third Eye’, a narrative short about a young girl’s spiritual awakening after being sexually abused by a family member. Nova is also a reiki practitioner and dedicated intuitive worker – she uses these abilities to serve people as a director and creative coach by guiding them in honoring their creative genius.
Abou Farman, Co-Producer
Abou is a producer, artist and anthropologist teaching at the New School for Social Research. His latest work as co -writer and producer , ‘Icaros: A Vision’ offers a surreal portal to healing in the jungle. The story follows a young woman who travels to peru to seek healing using the native medicine of ayahuasca. He has long worked with award-winning director Amir Naderi, with a producer credit on ‘Vegas: Based on a True Story’, an official selection in competition at the Venice and Tribeca Film Festivals; and co-writer on ‘CUT!’, selected for Venice, Tribeca, Toronto and Pusan. As part of the artist duo caraballo-farman, Abou has exhibited work internationally, including at the Tate Modern, UK, PS1/MOMA, NY, and the Havana Biennial. Published widely in Canada and the US, his essays have been nominated for a National Magazine Award in Canada and twice awarded the Critics Desk Award by Canada’s national poetry magazine. He is the author of Clerks of the Passage.
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