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Grandma's Wisdom

A short film that is a part of a bigger multimedia project, The Pearls My Mother Gave Me. Photographed mostly in Trenton, SC, I revisit the birthplace of my great-great grandmother, Henrietta Anderson, to reconnect with black southern life and my ancestral origins. I combine photo, video, and audio to create an oral and visual documentation of the healing properties of the rural south and the process of understanding my maternal family history. In doing so, I actively preserve what little I still have through photographs and oral history to trace the ancestral blood memory which binds us. This memory is revealed through spiritual experiences, love, and an inherent fight to survive. The result is a raw and honest body of work that simultaneously celebrates and examines the complexity of motherhood, black femininity, and an intrinsic fight toward liberation.

  • Ireashia Monét
  • Ireashia Monét
  • Ireashia Monét
  • Gwendolyn Bennett
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Drama, Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 20, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Ireashia Monét

Born in 1993 in Washington, DC, Ireashia Monét is an emerging photographer, independent scholar and multimedia artist. She currently lives in Chicago, IL. Monét uses photography, video, and text in tandem with one another to document the dynamic complexity of black life in America, and abroad.

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