An Independent Film Project
HERSTORY...In 12 Bars
"Herstory In 12 Bars" is a mixed media historical film created in the likeness of Africa's ancestral Griots, who were charged with educating and reminding their people of the necessity and importance of their history, but done with a modern twist. Illuminated by music, poetry, spoken word and dance, these multifaceted mediums are intertwined and layered to speak volumes with very few words. It is dedicated to the unifying spirit of black women that spans generations; it was created to memorialize their stories beginning with the painful separation from their homeland. Inspired by the enduring challenges, unrelenting hope, preserving faith and unyielding optimism of generations of strong heroines, this film is purposed to motivate and encourage viewers to see how heart wrenching and painfully dehumanizing challenges provide inspirational life lessons for our collective future. This visual Griot speaks to the spirit of strong and steadfast, yet often silenced, Black Women, whose lives demonstrated the need for ALL to be emboldened by the knowledge of who they were through AFFIRMATIONS OF LOVE. HERSTORY will take the audience through an electric and enlightening journey through 400 plus years of American history. It is a journey from Africa to the present day through the unspoken stories of Black Women. WHAT IF SHE KNEW…
In an age where visual media is in the forefront as a viable teaching tool, because of its ability to quickly capture the attention of its audience, this project’s ability to educate through a unique artistic medium is powerful. Its utility as the introduction of discussion topics for further exploration is expansive as a teaching tool. Students of all ages are able to gain valuable knowledge and perspective as they journey through history. Each piece depicts an era of history that significantly illustrates the juxtaposition of struggle and triumph told in a way that has not been experienced by most. The stories of individual women are woven in a historical tapestry of important moments that reflect the undeniable story of Black women that has shaped this country.
It is true experiential learning at its best. The audience is transported through song, dance, spoken word and poetry into a snapshot of time periods, reflecting the politically and socially relevant issues of that era. The journey undoubtedly touches upon the emotions of the viewer in a way that simple text cannot. It brings to life the humanity of the “stories”, allowing history to be contextualized as individual stories interconnected and woven through time. The viewer becomes a time traveler riveted by the wonderment of the pieces that truly speak to the undeniable connection of the viewer to HERstory. Art always has a way of making “stories” breathable, believable, and personal.
Several personalized licensing options available
-Viewing only (in person or virtual options);
-Viewing with Historian/Educator-led discussion;
-Viewing with Historian/Educator-led discussion and Artistic Panel Q&A;
-Additional post-event lesson plans available.
SUGGESTED USE AS AN EDUCATIONAL TOOL IN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
Individual classroom viewing;
Independent study projects;
Research and Writing prompt.
COMMUNITY SHOWINGS AND LEADERSHIP WORKSHOPS
Viewings and Discussions for:
Churches and their auxiliaries;
Youth groups and youth leadership symposiums;
Professional Development Seminars;
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Trainings.
“Dance is the timeless interpretation of life.”
–SHAH ASAD RIZVI