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Back to Natural

The multi-award winning Back to Natural provides audiences with a complex understanding of the ways in which race, identity and hair are all related, and offers a compassionate view point on issues that impact African descendants’ sense of self and the often unknown barriers society places on one’s ability to simply exist.

  • How many people know that young children around the world are kicked out of school for simply wearing their hair the way it naturally grows?
  • How many people realize that choosing to not chemically relax one’s hair or wear wigs or extensions can be extremely damaging, impacting a Black person’s ability to be employed?

Back to Natural gives a unique and shocking look at the global policing of Black bodies and the underlying racism against natural looks.

“Explores the relationship between politics, hair, and racial identity in Black communities.” – Evan Dawson, WXXI-NPR (Rochester, NY)

“Extraordinary. [Back to Natural] touched on so many vital, crucial issues within our communities, within ourselves. As individuals and collectively… you illustrated it so well, so dynamically. And I think it’s inspiring, and educational for all of us.” – Actress, Kimberly Elise (Diary of a Mad Black Woman, The Manchurian Candidate)

“Back to Natural is an historic look at not only Black History, but also an exploration into activism-in-motion as it brings to the forefront an investigation into identity and a person’s self-worth. Recommended.” – S. Daniels, Film Release News.

The Natural Hair Movement today represents the peeling off of a decades-long mask that required Blacks to adopt the look and feel of the larger white population. Rooted in an unlikely form of racism, it became compulsory for Blacks to shed their natural looks to secure jobs and find acceptance. Hair-straightening products (many of which proved damaging), wigs, and extensions were commonly used to hide the genuine and natural look of individuals. The psychological influence of hiding in disguise has had great impact across the generations.

Back in the 60’s the “Natural” look resurged but was met with renewed discrimination and prejudice. Considered anti-establishment and part of a Black revolution, it furthered a bigoted societal response.

The movement is now resulting in a newfound freedom though physical authenticity.  And, it’s not a movement for just the young or just in America. It spans across all ages, includes both men and women… and it is worldwide.

Over 25 interviews were conducted with some of the top intellectuals and professors, global natural-hair influencers, hair stylists and more throughout the US, South Africa, and France. Included among them were:

  • Salamisha Tillet PhD: Distinguished professor, Award-winning Activist, Author, Cultural Critic and Non-profit Founder.
  • Carl Hart, PhD: Distinguished Professor, Public Intellectual, Researcher, and Author.
  • Noliwe Rooks, PhD: Professor, Award-Winning Author, Activist
  • Lori L. Tharps: Associate Professor, Award-Winning Author
  • Jenell B. Stewart: Lifestyle & Natural Hair Blogger/Podcaster/Influencer
  • Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq.: Attorney, Author, Activist
  • Okema T. Moore: Actor, Singer, Writer, Director and Producer
  • Natasha Gaspard:  Award-winning Television Producer, Founder / CEO of Mane Moves Media, Inc.
  • Roxanne Kalie: International Model & Actress Aline Tacit, Hair Dresser, Activist
  • Mireille Liong-A-Kong: CEO, Influencer, Activist, Author
  • Brian Favors, Educator & Activist

The multi-award winning documentary has garnered laurels including:

  • Winner “Best Documentary” / Urban Mediamakers Film Festival
  • Winner “Founders Award / International Black Film Festival
  • Winner “Women in Film Award” / Blackstar International Film Festival

Back to Natural has also earned nominations and appearances at 

  • Capitol City Black Film Festival
  • NYC Film Festival
  • Black Reel Awards
  • African World Festival
  • Barbados Independent Film Festival

“…a powerful call for healing” – Searchlight

2018 / 68 Minutes / 16×9 / Color / English Language / A film by Gillian Scott-Ward, PhD

HOW TO ORDER:

Public Performance and Digital Site Licenses are available through Soundview Media Partners. To inquire or to place an order, write to info@soundviewmediapartners.com or simply choose from the options below:

License Options

For group screening prices, please inquire.

In-home/personal use copies are available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3k65vMt

Public Performance and Digital Site Licenses are available through Soundview Media Partners. To inquire or to place an order, write to info@soundviewmediapartners.com

From the Holocaust to Hollywood – The Robert Clary Story

I Danced for the Angel of Death – The Dr. Edith Eva Eger Story

Broadcast Nationally on Public Television. Digital licensing available now. DVD w/PPR delivering mid-October 2021.

New York Times best-selling author of The Choice: Embrace the Possible, Dr. Edith Eva Eger, tells her story of survival in this 2021 production from The Holocaust Education Film Foundation, (a 501c3).

At the age of sixteen, Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. Hours after her parents were killed, Nazi officer Dr. Josef Mengele (The Angel of Death), forced her to dance for his amusement. This dance saved her life.

The Foundation’s newest production features 93-year-old Dr. Edith Eva Eger, who is possibly the most famous living Holocaust Survivor due in large part to her bestselling books, appearances on talk shows, and her still thriving psychology practice, specializing in Trauma and PTSD.

Born in 1927 in Kosice, Slovakia, where she lived with her parents and two older sisters, Magda and Klara, Edith Eger lived a typical Jewish life. The family eventually moved to Budapest, Hungary where in 1944 Nazis put them on a cattle car to Auschwitz as part of the Final Solution. Klara, a violin prodigy who “didn’t look Jewish” was hidden by her music professor and continued to perform during the war.

Upon arrival at Auschwitz, Edie’s parents were immediately murdered, and she spent her entire incarceration with her older sister Magda. Most chillingly, Edie had at least two interactions with “the Angel of Death” Dr. Josef Mengele. First when he tore her away from her mother with the promise that “your mother is going to take a shower and you’ll see her soon.” The second when he discovered she was a ballerina and gymnast and demanded she dance for him. The bread she received for dancing was shared with fellow prisoners who remembered this act of kindness and saved her life later in her story.

A few months after Auschwitz, Edith was placed in full prisoner garb on top of a munitions train as a human shield to keep the British from bombing (it didn’t work) and after a brief stint at Mauthausen was placed on a forced death march to Gunskirchen Lager where cannibalism had just broken out.

The full breadth of this horror is described in vivid detail through the eyes of Alan Moskin, a 95-year-old Patton’s Army soldier who liberated Gunskirchen Lager. His interview is nothing short of breathtaking and you will hang on every word. Incredibly, there were 44,000 concentration camps and other Nazi internment sites, and we found a living liberator who remembers every moment of his experience in that self-described “hell hole.” He did not speak of this horror for 50 years, but we have him now preserved for history.

After the war, Edith’s nightmare did not yet end. From the Communist overthrow of Hungary, to her husband’s imprisonment and her smuggling him out, to their arrival penniless in the USA, you will marvel at how this determined and dynamic woman refused to be a victim and never gave up, becoming a published bestselling author and internationally acclaimed Psychologist.

Edith weaves her remarkable personal journey with the moving stories of those she has helped heal. She explores how we can be imprisoned in our own minds and shows us how to find the key to freedom. Her book, The Choice, is a life-changer that provides hope and comfort to generations of readers.

Oprah Winfrey said “I’ll be forever changed by Dr. Eger’s story.”

Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate wrote “Dr. Eger’s life reveals our capacity to transcend even the greatest of horrors and to use that suffering for the benefit of others. She has found true freedom and forgiveness and shows us how we can as well.”

In “I Danced for the Angel of Death”, Dr. Edith Eva Eger tells her own story.

Documentary / 2021 / 57 minutes / Color / English / A film by Ron Small

About the Foundation:

The Holocaust Education Film Foundation was formed to preserve first-person narratives of Holocaust Survivors through documentaries.

Beginning with “To Auschwitz and Back – The Joe Engel Story,” which was followed by “Surviving Birkenau – The Dr. Susan Spatz Story” and “From the Holocaust to Hollywood – The Robert Clary Story”, the Foundation’s work has provided an outlet to preserve history. The hope is that future generations may learn from these stories and heed the warning of those who experienced the worst of humanity; attempting to keep history from repeating itself.

HOW TO ORDER:

Public Performance and Digital Site Licenses are available through Soundview Media Partners. To inquire or to place an order, write to info@soundviewmediapartners.com or simply choose from the options below:

License Options

For group screening prices, please inquire.

In-home/personal use copies are available on Amazon beginning November 9, 2021: https://amzn.to/3eMhvBj

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