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In the Shadows

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In the Shadows

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Come to the premiere of In the Shadows, a short film created as part of the Belcourt Theatre’s Words Caught in My Throat Film Seminar for Black 7th and 8th Grade Girls, in conjunction with Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Office of Restorative Practices. After the film, stay for a Q&A with cast and crew.

More about the project:
In late 2018, 11 students gathered in the Belcourt Theatre’s Jackson Education and Engagement Space for the Words Caught in My Throat Film Seminar for Black 7th and 8th Grade Girls. Under leadership of Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Restorative Practices Specialist Melissa Gordon, girls watched and discussed a series of short films about various aspects of black female identity. Then, through a series of hands-on activities and creative writing exercises, girls wrote original poems about times in their lives they’ve felt silenced. Producer and co-director Meleisha Edwards and co-director Brionna Scrivens captured the students’ personal reflections to create the short film In the Shadows. The result is a powerful, poignant first-person account of the struggles of middle school girls who feel misunderstood or invisible. Through their poems, the girls step out of the shadows to be heard.

Words Caught in My Throat seminar was co-created and led by Melissa Gordon of MNPS, coordinated by Allison Inman of the Belcourt’s Education and Engagement Program, and made possible by the Highlander Research and Education Center’s We Shall Overcome Fund.

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