How It Sounded to Squish a Cockroach (#SayHerName)

"How It Sounded to Squish a Cockroach" (#SayHerName)

A new poetry video on police brutality by Emmy-winning filmmaker, Lisa Russell featuring NYC's Youth Poet Laureate, Nkosi Nkululeko.

Presented by:

Written and performed by:

Directed, Produced, Filmmed and Edited by:
LISA RUSSELL (Twitter: @lisarussellfilm)

Dedicated to all the families who never received justice for the killing of their loved ones at the hands of oppressive figures.

  • Lisa Russell
    Mother's Cry, Bi-Racial Hair
  • Nkosi Nkululeko
  • Lisa Russell
    Mother's Cry, Bi-Racial Hair
  • Nkosi Nkululeko
  • Nkosi Nkululeko
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Music Video, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    spoken word poetry, social justice
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 21, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • #SayHerNameNewark
    Newark, NJ
    United States
    October 22, 2016
Distribution Information
  • I Sell the Shadow
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Lisa Russell

Lisa Russell is an Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker with a Masters in Public Health (MPH) who has 10+ years producing social issue films and creative projects with UN/NGO agencies. Having never gone to film school, Lisa began her professional career as a humanitarian aid worker in Kosovo and Albania during the 1999 war. It was there she discovered the power of storytelling and began her journey of learning the filmmaking craft. Since then, Lisa has become a leader in bridging documentary filmmaking with global development and social activism and has an extensive portfolio of work that spans the globe.

In addition to her filmmaking activities, Lisa is considered a leading advocate for the inclusion of creative communities in global health advocacy. Lisa collaborated with Grammy-nominated artist Zap Mama to create “The WOMAN Tour” –- a three-week nationwide initiative of film screenings and musical performances to increase awareness of global women’s health. Lisa was also co-founder - with soul singer Maya Azucena -, a new media site which united artists and activists for maternal health. Recently she worked with Grammy-winning musician/actor Common and Tanzanian hip hop icon, Fid Q, on a film profiling an innovative HIV prevention program targeting young African men in Tanzania. In 2014, she launched “I Sell the Shadow” that aims at building meaningful and sustainable partnerships between creative pro- fessionals and international agencies. Under this initiative, she has cu- rated high level events and workshops with spoken word artists, beat- boxers, Djs, musicians and other artists.

As a special contributing writer for the Huffington Post "Impact” platform, Lisa writes on creative advocacy related to issues affecting women and girls. She is also a curator of film festivals, having curated the 2010 (Washington, DC), 2013 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and soon 2016 (Co- penhagen, Denmark) Women Deliver Cinema Corners, She also pro- grammed the first ever Bhutan International Film Festival in 2015.

Lisa also has experience with broadcast television. She was chosen as one of 25 filmmakers for the prestigious CPB/PBS Producer's Acad- emy and the National Black Programming Consortium's New Media In- stitute, is a two- time producer for WGBH's Lab Open Call and is a 2008 recipient of a New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) grant and a Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media Grant. In May 2009, she won a Boston/New England Emmy® Award in the "Outstanding Advanced Media Interactivity" category for her short film, "Bi-Racial Hair."

Currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, Lisa co-founded Governess Films and since 2003 has been a mentor/ teaching artist for Urban Word NYC, a free after-school program for young writers and poets.

For more information on her filmography, visit

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