My personal work has been become even more political recently (shout out to Carol Hanish!) especially after the inauguration of Donald Trump.
During my undergrad, my degree focused on documentary film production, race theory, and immigration politics. I couldn't have imagined that all of those topics would be so necessary and relevant in my first year out of college.
I am black. I am a woman. My father was an immigrant, and my mother's ancestors built this country on their back as slaves. Those qualities make me American as much as any other. I am also a storyteller. I work in Media with a capital "M" and produce culture on a daily basis. When I heard about the Muslim ban Saturday morning, I was fully aware that my for my father, JFK terminal 4 might as well have been Ellis Island. So the political climate now and always, is personal for me. And I, personally, refuse to live in a land governed by fear and hatred.
My belief in media to influence real change has led me to work on a few projects at the start of this year. I'll be sharing them periodically here. The first was in collaboration with my dear friends at Meerkat Media. I got involved by scrolling down my timeline, the day of the ban, seeing a call for filmmakers, and responding. I am incredibly proud of the result. Our team was one of the only cameras in the terminal for most of the evening and captured incredible stories. The piece, in addition to being a Vimeo Staff Pick was also featured by The Atlantic. Independent journalism for the win.
This piece is part of a larger series of newsreels that Meerkat is producing. Please view all of them here.