these hands lay open

these hands lay open is a visual meditation exploring the role of emotional vulnerability in Black selfhood and liberation.

  • Tatiana Garnett
    Director
  • Tatiana Garnett
    Writer
  • Tatiana Garnett
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16.9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • CALMING RITUAL QUEER FILM EXHIBITION
    Virtual
    United States
    August 19, 2021
    Virtual
    Official Selection
  • Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    April 8, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Columbus Black International Film Festival
    Columbus, Ohio
    United States
    May 21, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Tatiana Garnett

Tatiana Garnett is a recent graduate of Occidental College where she studied Media Arts and Culture with an emphasis in Film Production. Recently, she edited a short film documenting the Black student experience at Occidental and directed her first solo piece exploring the role of emotional vulnerability in Black selfhood and liberation. She looks forward to continuing to create projects that reimagine what community, healing, and freedom are and have the potential to be.

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Director Statement

these hands lay open explores the vulnerability of the Black self, not as a symptom of white supremacy, but as a pathway for liberation. Free of traditional structure and form, the film is a multi-textured piece that weaves my own experiences with those of other Black folks who have done, and are doing, what they can to survive lifetimes of anti-Blackness. Across space and time, Black people have found freedom in a world that was purposely constructed so that it was never an accessible possibility. This film was my attempt to discover a freedom of my own.