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BLK Docs presents: Back to Natural

August 27 - September 3, 2020

Durham, NC

Started by Speller Street Films and The Luminal Theater, BLK Docs is an initiative to help build an authentic documentary film culture within the African-American community through film screenings, online classes, webinars, and more.

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Back to Natural
66 min Documentary Directed by Gillian Scott-Ward, PhD

Back to Natural reveals the shocking truth about the intersection of hair, politics, and racial identity in Black communities and beyond. Directed by New York City-based clinical psychologist Gillian Scott-Ward, and inspired both by her clinical practice work and her drive to go natural, this call for healing, and exploration of the globalized policing of natural Black hair equally celebrates our history and natural styles that are taking the world by storm.

Live Q&A with Gillian Scott-Ward, Okema T. Moore & Dr. Wendy Greene
Thursday, Aug 27, 2020
8:00pm - 9:00pm

Back to Natural director, Dr. Gillian Scott-Ward will be joined by documentary interviewee Okema T. Moore, an actress, producer, writer, and director who runs MOOREthanEnuff Media. They will talk about the making of the film and the emotional connections behind this examination on the intersection of hair, politics, and racial identity in Black communities. This Q&A is moderated by Charlon Turner, the Festival Director of the North Carolina Black Film Festival.

Event times are Eastern Time.

Living Room Film Club: BACK TO NATURAL Q&A
Monday, Aug 31, 2020
9:00pm - 10:00pm

Join the Belcourt Theatre and Nashville Scene for the Living Room Film Club, where we gather from our homes to discuss films with special guest speakers. Watch the film on your own and join our guest speakers for a 45-minute discussion. For best results, enjoy the film just before the meeting time. Join us for a conversation about the new film BACK TO NATURAL with director Gillian Scott-Ward, PhD, BLK Docs film series curator Curtis Caesar John, and natural hair blogger Candice Straughter, moderated by Nashville filmmaker Meleisha Edwards. BACK TO NATURAL is part of the BLK Docs virtual film.

Event times are Eastern Time.

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