bridge/refrain : a short film

On view January 15, 2018 – February 25, 2018

she discovers her charge and her crown — black bodies buckling but not breaking under the weight of American life.

bridge/refrain is a short film exploring a young woman’s arrival to the land of the ancestors after falling victim to gun violence. Here, she discovers that though there is healing for her wounds and safety in the arms of benevolent beings, her work is far from done. A beautiful antique vanity serves as a vehicle through which she discovers her charge and her crown — black bodies buckling but not breaking under the weight of American life. She takes her place amongst those who uphold us.

The Crowned Ones.
Death is but a bridge. a refrain.
There is more work to be done, now.

bridge/refrain seeks to honor the feminine energy as both protector and nurturer while confronting the epidemic of all manner of violence against women. Directed by Roni Nicole Henderson and lensed by collaborator Iyabo Kwayana, the film honors the female form with a graceful eye in the tradition of photographer Imogen Cunningham. This project was supported by a Connected Communities grant from Central Carolina Community Foundation.

 

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bridge/refrain set photo

photo by Larry James Frazier II of The Foto Bros. LLC

bridge/refrain set photo

photo by Larry James Frazier II of The Foto Bros. LLC

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An Interview with Film Director Roni Nicole Henderson

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Recorded in December 2017 before the release of her new film bridge/refrain premiering at the Columbia Museum of Art, film director Roni Nicole Henderson unpacks some of the visual metaphors in the film and talks about her experiences making it. 

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