Womanhood or Woman's - Hurt, A Documentary

Womanhood or Woman’s-Hurt?: A Documentary, explores the intimate and personal story of visual and performing artist, Frances Bradley. Visually detailing her stages of healing by way of a 12-piece series illustrating the night she was sexually assaulted.

  • Frances Bradley
  • Tanya Jackson
    Executive Producers
    For Colored Boys, RITES, I Am Sean Bell, Finding Forever
  • Marc Lamont Hill
    Executive Producers
    For Colored Boys, Finding Forever
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
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  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Frances Bradley

Frances Bradley is a visual and performing artist from Flint, Michigan. As an Illustration major, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Shortly after graduating, Bradley worked for the world renowned Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia and as the Exhibition Coordinator for The African American Museum in Philadelphia.

Bradley has been recognized for her visual artwork by the National Conference of Artist in Philadelphia and received the Artist Legacy Award. She was also awarded studio space through 40th Street Artist in Residence (AIR) Program.

Her strong passion for social change through the arts, inspired her to create The Murals for Flint Project - a project-based organization dedicated to teaching diverse forms of art to at-risk youth in the city of Flint, Michigan. The program features public art to visually enhance impoverished communities. The Murals for Flint Project was awarded the Ruth Mott Foundation Share Art Mini Grant.

She is the creator of art series, Womanhood or Woman’s-Hurt: The Art of Healing, an autobiographical, visual testimony of surviving sexual assault. WHWH has gained the attention of LaGuardia Community College’s Women’s Center where she was invited as a lecturer; New York City’s renowned organization, Connect: Safe Families, Peaceful Communities where Frances has been appointed as an Advisory Board Member. Together she and ConnectNYC recently partnered with the YWCA Brooklyn’s Ruby Nottage Gallery and organized her first solo show for Womanhood or Woman’s-Hurt: The Art of Healing, during Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

Frances has recently returned from her humanitarian trip as a delegation member to attend the Conference of Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) with Brooklyn based, civil and human rights organization, Black Women's Blueprint at the United Nations of Geneva, Switzerland.

She was requested to present one of her pieces from her WHWH series as the visual representation of what sexual violence looks like in America.

Her work was recently shown at The Museum of Women’s Resistance in Brooklyn, NY and was just featured in December's issue of The Guardian.

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Director Statement

"I believe that I am a messenger from the creator and art is my highest form of communication. I feel that being an artist is one of the best spiritual gifts to possess. We have the ability to illustrate images that were placed in our minds and visually express it to the world. My work reflects my inner most feelings, my worldly frustrations and passion for diverse cultures and politics."