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International Short and Medium-Length Competition

The Giverny Document (Single Channel) Ja'Tovia Gary

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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)

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