BaaaDDD Sonia Sanchez

Screens on Monday, April 4, 5pm – East Orange Public Library

3.BSSFilmmakersJanet Goldwater, Barbara Attie, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, Film Makers

BARBARA ATTIE and JANET GOLDWATER have been making award-winning broadcast documentaries for more than 25 years. Based in Philadelphia, they are recipients of the Pew Fellowship in the Arts. SABRINA SCHMIDT GORDON has been editing and producing high impact documentaries for more than 15 years. Gordon lives and works in New York City.

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez is the second documentary produced by Attie, Goldwater and Gordon. Their previous collaboration, Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter (2009), recounts a Malian mother’s fight for asylum in the U.S. to protect her two-year old daughter from female genital cutting/mutilation. Supported by ITVS and the Sundance Documentary Fund, Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter was broadcast nationally on PBS’ Afropop series in 2011. It has been shown at film festivals throughout the world, including the Human Rights Watch Festival and Silverdocs, and was named Best Social Documentary at the Addis International Film Festival in Ethiopia.

Attie and Goldwater’s documentaries often focus on social justice issues affecting women and girls — reproductive rights, violence against women, female genital mutilation — but they also make films about women who have inspired them as artists and activists. In 2003, Maggie Growls, the biography of the founder of the Gray Panthers, Maggie Kuhn, was the premiere broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens. Landowska: Uncommon Visionary, nationally broadcast on PBS in 1999, explored the accomplishments of the pioneering harpsichordist, Wanda Landowska.

Gordon produced and edited the acclaimed documentaries Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, about manhood and gender politics in hip-hop, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on Independent Lens, and Documented, the story of Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who outed himself as an undocumented immigrant and today fights for immigration reform. Documented was broadcast on CNN in 2014.


About BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

For 80-year-old Sonia Sanchez, writing is both a personal and political act. She emerged as a seminal figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement, raising her voice in the name of black culture, civil rights, women’s liberation, and peace as a poet, playwright, teacher, activist and early champion of the spoken word. She is among the earliest poets to have incorporated urban black English into her poetry; she was one of the first activists to secure the inclusion of African American studies in university curricula. Deemed “a lion in literature’s forest” by poet Maya Angelou and winner of major literary awards including the American Book Award, Sonia Sanchez is best known for 17 books of poetry that explore a wide range of global and humanist themes, particularly the struggles and triumphs of women and people of color.

In BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, Sanchez’s life unfolds in a documentary rich with readings and jazz-accompanied performances of her work. With appearances by Questlove, Talib Kweli, Ursula Rucker, Amiri Baraka, Haki Madhubuti, Jessica Care Moore, Ruby Dee, Yasiin Bey, Ayana Mathis, Imani Uzuri and Bryonn Bain, the documentary examines Sanchez’s contribution to the world of poetry, her singular place in the Black Arts Movement and her leadership role in African American culture over the last half century.