New film spotlights ‘unheard’ voices in Civil Rights Movement

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By COURTENAY BROWN Special to the AmNews

New York Amsterdam News                                                                                                                                                     

While women such as Rosa Parks, Angela Davis, and Shirley Chisholm were crucial to the Civil Rights Movement, the New York City premiere of “Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights” will bring new, important yet lesser-known names of female activists into the mix.

The documentary was written, directed, and produced by filmmaker Nev Nnaji, a film graduate from Boston University. Through sit-down interviews, Nnaji chronicles the experiences of women from well-known Civil Rights groups such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and The Black Panther Party, as well as other organizations, including the Third World Women’s Alliance, that are not as well-known. Unlike other films about the Civil Rights era, Nnaji incorporates her personal experiences into the film in order to introduce women who Nnaji describes as the “backbone of the movement.”

“My film deals with women…

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