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The shadows of two girls playing handgames against the concrete with a few leaves and pebbles scattered around.

Black Girls Play: The Story of Hand Games [short film]

  Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson

  United States     18 minutes


Black Girls Play: The Story of Hand Games takes a historical look at the profound influence of black girls on popular culture and the musical aesthetics within the black community. Uncovering a legacy that spans centuries, the film meticulously explores African culture, and how hand games and other artistic forms of communication were employed to defy oppressive cultural constraints. The cultural significance of hand games has become an integral part of modern American culture, yet often, the contributions of black girls in shaping society are frequently disregarded and remain uncredited. Black Girls Play gives viewers an opportunity to discover and appreciate their contributions.

This film screens as part of the Shorts 7: Black Perspectives – Resonance program and Generations: Black Perspectives Shorts Community Cinema program.