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Bone Black: Midwives vs. the South

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Bone Black: Midwives vs. The South is an experimental documentary about the history and erasure of Black midwives in the American South and how the attack on birth workers has contributed toward the Black infant and maternal mortality crisis.

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Imani Nikyah Dennison


Imani Dennison is an experimental documentary filmmaker and DP based in Brooklyn, NY. Imani graduated from Howard University where she studied Political Science and Photography. Dennison’s work interrogates stories of Black people in the American South and African diaspora, usually centered in folklore, fantasy, and oral histories. Their most recent film, They Say The People Can Skate, is a documentary told through the reminiscence and reflection of Black Louisvillian’s recollection of roller skating culture in Louisville, KY. Dennison co-directed For Our Girls, a love letter to Black daughters — acknowledging the sacred, and at times, tense relationship mothers and daughters share as they face challenges and accept each other’s flaws, which went on to receive major distribution in the U.S. They have created commissioned documentary works for PBS, Black Tag, ITVS, and For Africans. Their first film, Garden of Eden, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.

  • Year: 2023
  • Runtime: 21 minutes
  • Country: United States, Ghana
  • Language: English
  • Director: Imani Nikyah Dennison
  • Cast: Maria Milton, Efe Osaren, Alia Richmond, Luisah Teish
  • Cinematographer: Cathy Ye
  • Composer: Nyokabi Kariũki, Chris Ryan Williams
  • Editor: Stellan Clark
  • Executive Producer: Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Loretha Jones, Sandra Nam
  • Music: Cinque “Ignabu” Kemp, Steve Souryal
  • Producer: Flor de oro Tejada
  • Production Design: Helen Peña
  • Premiere: Philadelphia

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