Locarno Shorts Weeks 2021

The Giverny Document (Single Channel)

by Ja'Tovia M. Gary
USA, France  ·  2019  ·  DCP  ·  Color  ·  40'  ·  o.v. English

Available 22–28 | 2 | 2021

Filmed on location in Harlem and in Monet’s historic gardens in Giverny, this multi-textured cinematic poem meditates on the bodily integrity and creative virtuosity of black women.

From the streets of present-day Harlem to Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny, the film asks what it is to live in the body of a black woman, bearing the weight not only of a racist past and present, but of a history of objectifying artistic representation. By putting her own body on screen − and on the line − artist Ja’Tovia M. Gary channels vulnerability, pain, and anger while celebrating the potential to move forward.


Information

Director
Ja'Tovia M. Gary

Cast
Ja'Tovia M. Gary

Producer
Ja'Tovia M. Gary, Paige Wood

Co-producer
Artesia Balthrop

Cinematography
Mia Cioffi Henry

Music
Nelson Bandela, Dyani Douze

Sound
Emily Strong

Editing
Ja'Tovia M. Gary

Animation
Ja'Tovia M. Gary

Production
SPELL NUMBER SEVEN
jatoviagaryfilms@gmail.com
www.jatovia.com

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