Documentary Film

Veterans Legacy Program

Funded by the National Cemetery Administration of the Veteran’s Administration, the Veterans Legacy Program’s mission is to memorialize veterans through sharing their stories of service and sacrifice. The Veteran Documentary Corps at San Francisco State University has received two rounds of funding from the Veterans Legacy Program, first to commemorate veterans from across the services and more recently focused on the First World War. In my capacity as producer and lead historian for the project, and together with students and faculty from VDC, Cinema, and History, I have participated in the production of twelve short documentaries, with five more in production and a full-length feature coming in Fall 2019.

Abina and the Important Men

This is the story of a young enslaved African woman who escapes her master, flees to the Gold Coast and takes her master to court. Based on actual court transcripts and the eponymous graphic history that I authored with artist Liz Clarke, the films breathes life the experiences and emotions of Abina Mansah. The film, available for streaming through Kanopy™ and KweliTV™, was a selection of the International Images Film Festival for Women, Raindance Film Festival, Toronto Black Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival, and La Journée de l’Animation à Cannes. It won the Prize for Animation at the san Francisco Black Film Festival and Best Animated Feature at Animaze – Montreal International Animation Film Festival.