I Is A Long Memoried Woman
England, 1990, 50 minutes, Color, VHS
This extraordinary video chronicles the history of slavery through the eyes of Caribbean women. A striking combination of monologue, dance, and song—griot-style—conveys a young African woman’s quest for survival in the new world. Based on award-winning poems by Guyanese British writer Grace Nichols, the evocatively rendered story charts abusive conditions on sugar plantations, acts of defiance and the rebellion which led to eventual freedom. Produced by a Black women’s collective, I IS A LONG-MEMORIED WOMAN illuminates Black diasporic culture and heritage.
“**** Powerful and moving.”
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”A passionate and powerful tribute. Captures the beauty, pride and sophisticated codes of survival of Black women.”