Raw (trailer above) is a short film illuminating, acknowledging and celebrating blackness. As a work of art, Raw explores Blackness that emerges from the individual and collective experiences of the African diaspora, mainly focused on Germany, where the artist currently resides.
It seeks to bring to life the complex and sometimes contradictory emotions that are both endured and enjoyed when living in diaspora situations where Blackness and all that comes with it is merely tolerated rather than accepted and celebrated.
In the piece, the viewer sees versions of the artist emerge from an emotional and raw outward expression. Occupying, understanding, embracing, fighting and supporting her through them.
Deliberately filmed in a simple format with merely a camera phone, Raw is a testament to the power and beauty of emotions in its truest form.
The artist desperately created her debut film as a show of strength in vulnerability. Although she wants the viewer to have their own interpretation of the piece, it should not be one where they feel sorry for anyone adorned with beautiful black skin.
The artwork uses no recognisable language, only noises that universally convey an experience.
Director, Writer, Producer and Cast: Jordan Awori