Of Color

Of Color documents the Jewish women of color who contingent of the 2019 Women's March.

The Women's March remains the single largest mass activation of people worldwide in history. Since then it has played a major role in resistance to Trump's agenda and mobilizing hundreds and thousands of leaders to organize, run for office, and work together to win justice for women and all marginalized people.

As its success grew, so did its critics. The Women's March movement became subject to accusations of antisemitism. Reasonable concerns from within, malicious reactionary forces from outside, and everything in between threatened to divide the movement, and put in danger the progressive agenda it has championed since Trump's election.

Many women, including fellow Jews I know and love, decided to choose to part ways with the movement. But many, led by Jewish Women of Color chose growth and solidarity. Black Jewish women and Jewish Women of Color who live in the intersections of oppression, did not have the luxury of changing movements like they would change a job or a home. These women held a myriad of different opinions on Women's March and antisemitism, but they all agreed that the answer to division is building, and so they did.

This short film documents their controversial and exciting joining of the Women's March in DC in 2019, the Women's March leaders who called them to the front of the march, and the debut of their power to the world on their biggest stage yet, marking a major historic milestone of a powerful political and cultural voice that you will surely come to know.

  • Rafael Shimunov
  • Yavilah McCoy
    Key Cast
  • April Baskin
    Key Cast
  • Shahanna McKinney Baldon
    Key Cast
  • Rafael Shimunov
  • Cory Fischer
  • "Journey" by Natasha Blume
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Black, Jewish, Activism, Documentary, Women, Women's Rights, Women of Color, Social Justice
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • International Social Justice Film Festival

    September 27, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Rafael Shimunov

Rafael Shimunov is an independent filmmaker and creative activist in Queens, NYC. Having entered the US from JFK himself as a child refugee, his live video coverage and personal narration of the JFK protests garnered over 16 million viewers and helped spark the national airport movement against the Muslim Ban. His videos have exposed the White House for using doctored videos, helped countless campaigns promote their messages and have inspired people across the country into meaningful action.

Rafael Shimunov has appeared in Rolling Stone, CNN, Newsweek, Sky News, NowThis!, NY Post and more.

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