When We Free – Ritual Screenings

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When We Free

writer/director/editor: Sangodare – Julia Roxanne Wallace
US 2015  | HD  |  Color  | 35 mins  | General Audiences  |  Drama/Healing Poetics/Spiritual Time-travel

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About the Film

About the Players

About the Screening

 

 

 

General Information:

We understand When We Free to be a tool for exploration and healing. We are currently scheduling Ritual Screenings internationally. We debuted in Durham, NC to a full house! We will have additional Ritual Screenings in Durham and around the world until August 1, 2016 when we will make the film available in additional ways. When We Free debuted in Durham, NC on August 1, 2015; one year to the day after we began filming. The film was welcomed by a sold out crowd of over 100 people at the Full Frame Theater and was graciously hosted throughout the process by Center for Documentary Studies at Duke.

You can continue reading on this page and the rest of the site to learn more about the film; but this page is dedicated to organizing screenings in your community or region.

 

What is a Ritual Screening?

The Ritual Screening pull from three traditions. Each tradition comes out of Sangodare/Julia’s background and experience in 1) the Black Baptist Church in the South, 2) discursive & poetic Black Feminist Practices via Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind and 3) traditional African cultural practices present in the New World. Just as we facilitate the spaces for our visual art and retreats we facilitate the space for engaging the film and for the audience to engage us and one another. We design each screening specifically for the community we are engaging.

In the Ritual Screening we create the space together. Each screening includes dedications, singing, affirmations & mantras, Q&A and/or interactive oracle. Usually we collaborate with folks in the community to create elements for the Ritual Screening especially through music and testimony. If you have experienced work or spaces curated by Sangodare-Julia Roxanne Wallace or Alexis Pauline Gumbs in the past then you may have a sense of what the Ritual Screenings will be like.

 

Workshops!
Along with the Ritual Screenings communities we visit get a great deal out of experiencing our black feminist film school workshops. We facilitate pre-production, producing and production workshops that draw from our own model of filmmaking with principles such as:

I)   liberation & liberative language
II) excellence
III) community involvement
IV) intergenerational collaboration
V)   balance
VI) improvisation.

And grounded in a legacy of:

1) Interpreting Spirituality
2) Embracing Responsibility
3) Bearing Life-Force
4) Reversing Dispossession
5) Renewing Self-Possession
6) Charting Futures

For more of a sense of our approach, read Julia’s BFFS Rationale Talk – HERE

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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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CAST & CREW

Primary CREW
Writer, Director, Editor – Sangodare (aka Julia Roxanne Wallace, MDiv.)

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Director’s Statement

Executive Producer – Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Phd.
Co-Producer – Angel Harris, Esq

Assistant Director – Ladan Siad
Associate Producer – Eden Segbefia
Associate Producer – Jeannette Bronson

 

Primary CAST

Ida – Assata Goff
Harriet – Anne (Anthonette) Elix Wallace
Mayto (the preacher) – Rev. Waylon R. Wallace
Hyacinth – Dannette Sharpley
Pastor – Ervin Lee
Deacon II – George Hill
Deacon – Justin Robinson
Sojo – Yonica Patrick
Gordon Peter – Thaddaeus Edwards
Marcus – Santos Flores
Osunnike – Osunnike
Ololodi – Amshatar Ololodi Monroe
Voice of grown Ida – Osunfunke Omisade Burney-Scott

see the rest of the cast and crew

 

 

HOST A RITUAL SCREENING

We are eager to share the film internationally and the Ritual Screening technology we are developing. This requires us to depend on folks locally to plan and host us for the screening. Each screening is both an interactive performance itself AND an opening for healing and evolutionary transformation. If you would like more information about how to arrange a Ritual Screening of When We Free in your community, please email us at: info@whenwefree.com . For some of the basic requirements see the list below.

 

HOSTING LOGISTIC DETAILS: For our traveling Ritual Screenings the elements to start with are:

1) a team to plan the event logistics and host the filmmaker(s) and artists,

2) a ritual space – a stadium or inclined theater of any size with digital projection capabilities,

– access to the space for 2hrs the day before the event (or 2 days before)
– access to the space for set-up 2hrs before the event
– a space nearby for a reception following the event (e.g. a lobby, classroom, etc.)
– HD projector and screen
– sound system with equalization capabilities; 2 microphones
– podium or music stand
– 3 chairs and 2 tables (maybe more)
keep in mind anything you may think you don’t have can likely be rented or borrowed

3) a budget ( screening fee, travel, accommodations and honorarium for director and other artist’s talk back).

Once we have a contract we immediately begin outreach to create the ritual elements of the screening with collaborators that live in the area.

Complete List of Cast and Crew

Complete Crew List

Writer, Director, Editor – Sangodare (aka Julia Roxanne Wallace, MDiv.)
Executive Producer – Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Phd.
Co-Producer – Angel Harris, Esq

Assistant Director – Ladan Siad
Associate Producer – Eden Segbefia
Associate Producer – Jeannette Bronson

Set Design and Builder – Santos Flores
Wardrobe Design and Seamstress – Anne (Anthonette) Elix Wallace
Wardrobe Design – Angela Amana Williams
Wardrobe Department – Jodi Nicole

Camera – Sangodare Akinwale (aka Julia Roxanne Wallace)

Unit 1 Camera – Katina Parker
Unit 1 & 2  Assistant Camera – Ladan Siad
Unit 1 Assistant Camera – Ervin Lee
Unit 2 Camera – Lana Garland
Unit 2 Assistant Camera – Roxanne Campbell
Unit 2 Camera – Eternity Philops

Complete Cast List

Ida – Assata Goff
Harriet – Anne (Anthonette) Elix Wallace
Mayto (the preacher) – Rev. Waylon R. Wallace
Hyacinth – Dannette Sharpley
Pastor – Ervin Lee
Deacon II – George Hill
Deacon – Justin Robinson
Sojo – Yonica Patrick
Gordon Peter – Thaddaeus Edwards
Marcus – Santos Flores
Osunnike – Iyanifa Osunnike
Ololodi – Iya Amshatar Ololodi Monroe
Nat, the curous boy – Kahlil Hanks
Irene – Emerson Zora Hamsa
Voice of grown Ida – Iya Osunfunke Omisade Burney-Scott
Yemaya Ancestor – Iyanifa Ifalade TaShia Asanti
Quaker Woman – Faith Holsaert
Congregant with table 1, a traveler – Angela Amana Williams
Congregant with table 2 – Dr. Janaka B. Lewis
Congregant with candles – Aminah Thompson
Judah, the napper, the fire keeper – Michael Faniel
Beautiful Blue, a traveler – Felicia White
Lil bit, a traveler, a congregant – Cantrice Penn
Tobias, Hyacinth’s son – Christopher Darnell Florence-Parker
Edna, an initiate – Eden Segbefia
Ma’netta, a congregant – Jeanette Partlow
Baby Jo-Jo – Cariion Josiah Partlow
Pauline – Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Overseer’s Son – Josh Zaslow

Dundun drummer
 – Corre Robinson
Djembe drummer
 – Tahz Rufus Walker
drummer – Laila Nur
Song leader in Water procession – Rachel Derello
Water procession member, Dancer, Singer – Zachari Curtis
Water procession member 2 – Angel Harris
Water procession member 3 – Mun-Udbi Ali
Water procession member 4 – Tattiana Aqeel
Dancer at the River – Afiya Carter
Ancestor/Elder – Rezell (June) Alston

logline

A black community’s first camp meeting after emancipation is the site of struggle and healing as they search for balance between the spiritual traditions they have brought across the Atlantic from Africa and those learned in the New World while in bondage.

short synopsis

When We Free is a short fiction 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 from Africa and those learned in the New World while in bondage.

medium synopsis

When We Free is a short fiction 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.

long synopsis

When We Free is a cleansing and clarifying ritual that questions the source and sustenance of our freedom and spiritual roots. It has materialized as a short fiction 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.
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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