Listen Up! Documentary

 

Listen Up! New Voices for Reproductive Justice takes a socially conscious look inside the 153-year-old Womanͯvement. Atlanta based filmmaker, N饹e Gray Danavall, travels to Washington, D.C. to follow several feminists groups as they work to organize and prepare for the groundbreaking 2004 March for Women̩ves. Intense with desire, 龌isten Up!൮ches away at the over-insinuated identity of the Womanͯvement by giving ear to the voices of women of color who have been in the trenches all along. Danavall works to put a new face on the movement as female activists express their struggles, frustrations and hopes for its future.

Interviews with Feminist Leaders and Activists:

Loretta Ross, 
March Co-Director
Eboni Barley, 
NARAL Pro-Choice GA
Dazon Diallo, 
SisterLove, Inc Director, Atlanta , GA
Nkenge Toure,  
Pacifica
Radio, Washington , DC
Camryn Manheim, 
Actress/Activist, The Practice
Beckie Rafter, 
NARAL Pro-choice GA
Malika Redmond,  
National
Center
for Human Rights Education, Atlanta, GA

The Idea

While taking her first feminist studies class at Georgia State University-then graduate student-N饹e first learned about the march from a white classmate.  After asking all of her friends and colleagues if they knew about the event, which was occurring in less than four weeks, she received blank stares and answers.  Frustrated that an event of this magnitude was occurring-in her hometown, Washington, DC,  and nobody had heard of it-N饹e began to seek information about event.  One email was sent out on a listserv (thelist@connectdc.com) that catered to many people of color involved in Afrikan culture &  community organizing in DC asking for more info on the march; that email was then forward across the country. A flood of responses came to her inbox and the idea for the documentary began.

A Journey Back Home

Three weeks later, N饹e traveled to Washington , D.C. with colleague, Redelia Shaw, to videotape the March for Women̩ves.  Before the march, organizers for women of color marchers were interviewed in Atlanta , GA by N饹e; including the national co-director of the march, Loretta Ross.  Pre-march planning events called 奴-ups祲e recorded.  During the march, random women of color (Blacks, Latinas, South East Asian, Native Americans, and Arabs etc.) were briefly interviewed to discover:

  • The purpose of the March and what it means to the women of color marching.
  • Issues and concerns of women of color including the abortion issue.
  • The demographic make up of the marchers
  • Their political views and ideology

What Was Recorded

Over 13 tapes, 60 minutes in length were recorded before/during the march.  Each tape holds an average of 8 interviews.  After the March, N饹e attended a post March rally in Atlanta , GA and was also invited to Chicago for a follow-up meeting with SisterSong. That two-day meeting was also videotaped.  The documentary utilizes footage captured before, during and after the 2004 March for Women̩ves.

 
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