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Safe Passage II

Safe Passage is a meditation on the journey of searching for a way forward toward safety, freedom, and humanity. Paths are obscured. Ancestors cast in clay guide, bear witness, and watch over. The past haunts the present. The future remains wavering and uncertain. Artist Heather Williams asks is there a safe passage for the black body?

  • Heather Williams
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 25, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Art Crawl Harlem screening on Governors Island
    New York, NY
    United States
    July 31, 2021
  • Chicago
    United States
    January 17, 2022
    2022 Black Creativity Juried Exhibition
    Honorary Mention
Director Biography - Heather Williams

Heather Williams is an artist and an educator. She was born in St. Croix, raised in Brooklyn, NY and currently resides in Jersey City, NJ. She recently completed her Masters in Fine Arts at The School of Visual Arts in New York and is a recipient of the Paula Rhodes memorial award for exceptional achievement in MFA Art Practice. Her short film, Safe Passage was sponsored by Art Crawl Harlem and screened on Governors Island in July 2021. With a background in Art Therapy and a Montessori Primary certification she has been teaching art and running workshops for a wide range of students and participants over the past ten years. Her work has been in many exhibitions and is in several private collections.

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Director Statement

I am a deep thinker. My work is intuitive which gives me a certain amount of freedom of expression. As a multidisciplinary artist I use a range of media to explore certain concepts. My film work is often a response to current social issues and is a catalyst for further dialogue. I believe that dialogue is an essential part of bringing humans out of isolation. The Safe Passage series deals with two questions: Is there a safe passage for the black body? At what point does a young black male become a threat to society?