I poured my heart and soul into (In)Visible Portraits, and I can’t think of a better way to be introduced to the world as a director and filmmaker than to create something that not only re-educates society on the history of Black women, but also celebrates Black women. (In)Visible Portraits is available via Vimeo on Demand.
But, as the universe would have it, I got offered this opportunity to make a film about Black women three years later.
Egbuonu describes it as a “love letter to Black women, and a re-education to everyone else. ” Here, she shares how the film came to be.
Filmmaker Oge Egbuonu, a producer on the film Loving, makes her directorial debut with the documentary (In)Visible Portraits on Juneteenth.
I got tired of waiting for the industry to validate that a film about Black history is good enough or that it’s marketable.
The film—which was nearly three years in the making—features Black female scholars and authors sharing stories of struggle and celebration throughout American history.
Black Lives Matter was started by three Black women, and now we're starting to see more recognition for Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza.
I didn’t know about James Marion Sims, who perfected his surgical techniques by operating without anesthesia on enslaved Black women.