Filmmaker tiona.m. has created her own type of cinema; “Black Social Realism Minimalism.” “The majority of my film work deals with Black identity politics which I try and express visually through film and art in hopes of creating contemporary social commentary,” she says, “On top of that I often use a very minimalistic approach without the flair of a typical production standard. My goal has always been to see what the eye sees when I work on documentary films.” black./womyn.:conversations with lesbians of African descent, her debut feature-length documentary, employs this technique to great effect, providing her subjects with a straightforward way to tell their stories. She is currently at work on her second documentary feature, Baby Makes Me, which focuses on women of color who are single mothers by choice. tiona.m. hopes her approach to filmmaking leaves viewers with“a sincere closeness to my subjects and a better understanding of their lives and their respective struggles.” –CB
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