When We Free – The Film

When We Free Premiere

August 1, 2015 at 4-7pm in Durham, NC.

Was a huge success!

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When We Free is a short fiction film about a recently freed black community’s first camp meeting after emancipation. This revival takes place on a camp site and draws people from near and far all searching for one thing or another. In particular, they search for balance between the spiritual traditions they have brought across the Atlantic and those learned in the New World while in bondage.

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Synopsis

– MEDIUM SYNOPSIS –

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When We Free is a short film about Rose Hill, a recently freed black community’s first camp meeting after emancipation. They search for balance between the spiritual traditions they have brought across the Atlantic and those they learned in bondage. When We Free engages the various choices free Black folks made in Rose Hill concerning spirituality and religion when “Master” was no longer directly in charge or involved. The young people catch glimpses of their elders in the spirit and plenty of contradictions while they push for answers. The adults have a shell of their ancestral practices and the need to raise the questions that the community needs.

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– SHORT SYNOPSIS –

When We Free is a film about a recently freed black community’s first camp meeting since emancipation. This revival takes place on a camp site and draws people from near and far all searching for one thing or another. In particular, they search for balance between the spiritual traditions they have brought across the Atlantic and those learned in the New World while in bondage.

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RITUAL SYNOPSIS

This film is the Omiero (the holy water infused with herbs in “New World” Ifa/Yoruba/African spiritual practice) preparation internally and externally for Africans in diaspora to consider the Earth based spiritual practices of their ancestors. What do we need to break and to draw; to keep and to relinquish so that the Holy Spirit, the divine, can fully be present? What chains need to be broken and what needs to be awakened so that Africans in diaspora can have access to unbound spirit? How can even the religions of the colonizers and enslavers be reconnected to their own Earth based roots? When We Free is a cleansing and clarifying ritual that questions the source and sustenance of our freedom and spiritual roots.

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Pre/Production Schedule

May 2014-

Finalize script, historical research, schedule, budget, cast, crew

June 2014 –

Casting, Secure Locations, Begin Rehearsal and Training

July 2014 –

Props, Set building/designing, wardrobe, rehearsal and training continue, testing

10am, Saturday, July 12th – Casting Continues

5pm, Tuesday July 15th – Casting Continues

August 2014 –

Primary photography *** PRODUCTION BEGINS – Camp Site *** August 1-3, 2015

April 2015 –

Primary photography *** Production Continues – River *** April 26, 2015

May  2015 –

Primary photography *** Production Continues – River *** May 3, 2015

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