What happens when a Black woman photographer has the agency
and the control to reverse the gaze and see the world through her unique lens?
The Sound She Saw is a documentary feature length film featuring Black women photographers revealing the history and struggle of Black women in photography while showcasing and celebrating their work while asking the question:
What happens when a Black woman photographer has agency, the control to reverse the gaze and see the world through her unique lens?
The photographers featured in The Sound She Saw challenge the status quo by collectively redefining our narrative, image by image.
This film exquisitely weaves the stories and images of Black women photographers revealing and paying homage to Black women pioneers and masters of photography by painting a colorful palette of
multi-genre imagery experienced through our specific lens.
The Sound She Saw is a diverse representation of Black women who have and are continuing to create images globally.
In 1986 the photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, published the ground-breaking historical book, Viewfinders: Black Women Photographers that chronicled the work of Black women photographers dating back to 1866. Today in 2021, 35 years after Viewfinders, photo book MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora as well as new, innovative and ground breaking & ceiling breaking Black women photographers are looking through their particular lens - now exist,
picking up where Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe left off.
All the above serving as inspiration for The Sound She Saw.
During this precarious time in our history the social relevance and context of this film is extremely important. Having agency over one's image, visually controlling the narrative in a world soiled with extreme racism where a Black woman can lose her life just by sleeping in her own bed in her own home (Breonna Tayler) or where a Black woman can be killed by questioning and speaking up for herself when pulled over by police (Sandra Bland), where their images are manipulated to criminalize them on a constant media loop, makes
The Sound She Saw timely, critical and urgent.
The photographers featured in The Sound She Saw challenge the status quo by collectively and defiantly redefining our narrative, image by image in a world that continues to ignore their presence, their representation and their humanity.
Bronzelens Film Festival 2022
Nominated for "Best Documentary"
Urbanworld Film Festival
"Honorable Mention" for the Ally Creative Producer Award
St. Louis International Film Festival
Reel Sisters Film Festival
The Sound She Saw is a layered visual experience of images, interviews, audio and music that not only feeds the viewer visually but also ultimately feeds their soul!
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