Montreal International Documentary Festival

fr My calendar

Search films, news, screening numbers and events by keywords

International Short and Medium-Length Competition

The Giverny Document (Single Channel) Ja'Tovia Gary

Films index A to Z

In this superb cinematic poem, artist Ja’Tovia M. Gary presents a reflection on the safety and physical integrity of black women. Combining different materials and textures, the film juxtaposes Harlem street interviews with excerpts from a Nina Simone concert, experiments with 16 mm archival footage and a performance in Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, where she puts her own body on-screen. “Do you feel safe in your body and in the world?” the filmmaker asks female passers by of all ages. Evoking a history of racism, violence, exploitation and objectification of black women’s bodies, The Giverny Document (Single Channel) also celebrates their resistance, strength and artistic creativity.

Presented in collaboration with Nigra Iuventa

The Giverny Document (Single Channel)

  • Country : United States, France
  • Year : 2019
  • V.O : English
  • Duration : 42 MIN
  • Cinematography : Mia Cioffi Henry
  • Editing : Ja'Tovia Gary
  • Production : Paige Wood, Artesia Balthrop
  • Music : Dyani Douze, Nelson Bandela
  • Sound Design : Ja'Tovia Gary
Filmography of Ja'Tovia Gary :

Women's Work (2012)
Cakes Da Killa: No Homo (2013)
An Ecstatic Experience (2015)
Giverny I (Négresse Impériale) (2017)

Presented in same section

La bala de Sandoval

by Jean-Jacques Martinod

This Action Lies

by James N Kienitz Wilkins

Who Is Afraid of Ideology?

by Marwa Arsanios

Kasiterit

by Riar Rizaldi

Goodbye Thelma

by Jessica Bardsley

Above Us Only Sky

by Arthur Kleinjan

Demonic

by Pia Borg

Symphony of the Ursus Factory

by Jasmina Wójcik

( ( ( ( ( /*\ ) ) ) ) )

by Charles Fairbanks, Saul Kak

The Lake and The Lake

by Sindhu Thirumalaisamy

Faire-part

by Rob Jacobs, Anne Reijniers, Nizar Saleh, Paul Shemisi

Seven Years in May

by Affonso Uchôa

À l'usage des vivants

by Pauline Fonsny

Fordlandia Malaise

by Susana De Sousa Dias

one sea, 10 seas

by Nour Ouayda

Newsletter

Discover the best in documentary, take part in our year-round activities, and make the most of your festival!

Newsletter subscription

Discover the best in documentary, take part in our year-round activities, and make the most of your festival!