Sometimes the truth is all you have.
Sometimes the truth is more than enough.
In 1995, filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons started a journey that would change her life. A survivor of rape and incest, she decided to create a film about rape in the African-American community.
Through its eleven-year inception, development, finalization and distribution process, “NO! The Rape Documentary” has taken Aishah across the country and around the world.
Her brilliant film documents the conversations and perspectives of a diverse community of African-American women (and some men) with radical, healing, transformative understandings of rape, sex and sexuality.
In our Trailblazer Thursday fireside chat, Aishah and I discuss the importance of:
- The community that names you
- Listening to your inner spirit
- Maintaining personal integrity even in the face of financial need
- How ‘NO!’ helped her create global community
She talks about how she continued moving forward with this labor of love, even when the world around her said she was done – it was time to move on.
We also explore how she built a bridge between global sisterhood and international oppression.
This interview is not to be missed.
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Want more? Check out the the “No!” trailer —