What My Name! Say It!!

  • Vonnia Harris Davis
    Keep On Pushing; Mojo Risin
  • Vonnia Harris Davis
  • Vonnia Harris Davis
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    30 minutes
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Orlando Urban Film Festival
    Orlando, Florida
    United States
    November 18, 2023
    Orlando Urban Film Festival
    Official Winner, Official Selection, Nominated
Director Biography - Vonnia Harris Davis

Vonn is armed with a certificate in Documentary Arts from The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and has over 25 years as a speech language pathologist. (West Virginia University, Valdosta State University)— she believes that she has the privilege to engage and strengthen minds.
Enamored with still and moving images since childhood, Vonn's personal photo & film collection was an empowering resource. Her goal is to redesign the way humans process the state of other humans with film and photography. Due to her natural passion for oral history, Vonn finds opportunities for story telling, empathy training and dialectal awareness. Whether using her voice to tell stories or to elevate others , her eyes to focus on the not so obvious, capturing the dynamics of the subtle and with that she releases this fiery piece of work.

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Director Statement

A name is a tool that serves as a unique identifier. During the 1960's Black Revolution, many African Americans changed their names as a way of showing Black pride. The slave names carried for generations were dropped as a way of showing Black pride, Black identity and Black resistant. By embracing and celebrating your name, you're continuing the legacy of those who came before you, who fought for the power and right to self-identify. Just as a brand name reflects the values, qualities, and reputation of a company, a person's name reflects their identity and personality. It is crucial for individuals to embrace their name and to use it to shape their futures.