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"Rebirth Is Necessary"

Director Jenn Nkiru

Rising director Jenn Nkiru submitted her short film "Rebirth is Necessary" to THE VOICE OF A WOMAN AWARDS this year for her short film and won the award for Art/Experimental Short Film.

"Rebirth is Necessary" pieces together dreamlike portraits with stunning archival footage that includes Afrofuturism pioneer Sun Ra and revolutionary organization the Black Panther Party.  London-based Nkiru talks said of her work:

I had so many images, texts, sounds I was collecting and taking in privately in my quiet space, constantly like food. It was food for me in fact. I was musing on the idea of Black universality and a centralisation of Blackness: the possibility of being able to focus on rarely seen aspects of Black life and experiences and it still be full of humanity and universally felt by all. Creating this piece felt like therapy. It’s where I got to reconcile my worlds: the material and the spiritual, the human and divine. It’s jazz, its Black magic in motion. I hope it can be a source of inspiration, affirmation and therapy to others as it has been to me — especially the Black diaspora.” 


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