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Burning Angel Dust

A Nigerienne immigrant struggles to adapt to American life while preserving cultural customs for her westernized children. Mimi's 10-year-old daughter Violet is excited about her coming of age celebration, but it turns out to be far more life-altering than she could ever imagine. There's a price to keep traditions alive.

  • Jackie J. Stone
    If I Leap, Babysteps, Compersion, Intercept
  • Jackie J. Stone
    If I Leap, Babysteps, Compersion,
  • Jackie J. Stone
    If I Leap, Compersion, Burning Angel Dust, Quietly Softly, The Playground, Train Uptown
  • Brooke-Monae Westbrook
    Key Cast
  • Sahlima
    Key Cast
  • Carla Marie
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Children, Family Drama, Social, Black, African, Women, Girls, Feminist
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 22, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    28,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Jackie J. Stone

Jackie Stone is an award winning director/writer and a graduate of New York University's Tisch
School of the Arts and a 2013-2014 Project Involve Directing fellow. Stone has a penchant for
visual story telling, delivering poetic and precise work that seeks to merge art with social justice.
Never fearful of complicated and boundary pushing content, her award winning films have been
shown at numerous film festivals and broadcast on HBO Networks. Most recently her short
film, Burning Angel Dust, a film dealing with the practice of female genital cutting, won The BET
Best Short Award at Bronzelens Film Festival (an Oscar Qualifier), The Best Short Award at The
Gary International Black Film Festival and Best Director at Diversity in Cannes
for her short,Intercept. She recently launched a digital network, Enchant TV, to create dynamic and women
centric content.

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Director Statement

As an artist one of my objectives in the cinematic discourse is to develop the womanist aesthetic: ethnic, social justice oriented, multi-dimensional and erotic . This aesthetic or more accurately, this language will serve as a “homeplace” for women of the African Diaspora. The concept of homeplace, historically, comes from the magic Black women performed by transforming domestic households into safe havens from slave shacks in the United States to the Shantytowns in South Africa. These physical structures became places of care and nurturance in the face of the brutal reality of racial and sexual oppression; my work in film seeks to create and do the same.

Poet/activist Audre Lourde wrote, “I am a black woman poet doing her work come to ask you are you doing yours.” Lourde knew that art should be both aesthetically pleasing and a vehicle for social change. To the question poised by Lourde I answer, “yes, I am doing my work.” My personal history, coupled with the longer legacy of being born from enslaved people, has constructed the fabric in which my work as a filmmaker will exist as entertainment and social work. These two components are often thought of as mutually exclusive; however, in narrative and documentary film both can form a harmonious marriage. In this respect, I believe film should change consciousness, educate as well as entertain, and motivate its viewers for social action –- all of which can be achieved without compromise of artistic integrity.