Sovereign Goes Virtual
Earth Pearl Collective’s “Sovereign” is taking a new approach to the 3 year old queer black woman solo festival due to COVID.
On November 13-15th Earth Pearl Collective presents a queer black women film festival. With a partnership with the Northwest Film Forum and support from The Hansberry Project , this year “Sovereign” focuses on queer black women film artist and directors. We will be showcasing films from Nairobi, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, from all over the United States. Seattle based artists like poet/songstress Jessica Rycheal and dancer/visual artist, Takiyah Ward will be premiering new work.
Earth Pearl Collective supports the work of women living at the intersections of the African Diaspora who are dedicated to healing their communities through creative collaborations.
The festival has three programs "Life", "Love", and "Liberation."
"Life"- Witness the trials and triumphs of the everyday life events that build resilience in queer black women. Tune in for a panel discussion with Sex Therapist Dr. Katrina Sanford and Spiritual Therapeutic Counselor Chioma Petway along with director Patricia Geula and Jessica Rycheal.
#RECOGNIZEmyHUMANITY, Directed by DW McCraven- A 4 Part mini series that provides a glimpse into the complexities of cultural stigma, and the resistance occurring when individual healing takes place.
The Anxiety Project, Directed by Ineka Herring- A tale of a young queer black man battling the cycles of anxiety.
Don’t Tell Nobody, Directed by B. Danielle Watkins- A true story about a girl, who was a victim of family violence in response to her sexuality, is now at the crossroads on her 14th birthday; continue to live in pain or let it all go forever.
Some of These Bodies are Not Mine, Created by Jessica Rycheal- A mix of spoken word and visual storytelling about grief and rest in relation to black identity.
Litany Part 1 and 2, Created by Po’Chop- LITANY uses brown paper and imagination to create new worldA collage. LITANY is an exorcism expelling antiquated notions of Blackness, queer identity, spirituality, grace, rage, and healing.
Dismantling the Lie, Created by Porscha Shaw- Black women are innocent in the crime of self hate. We aren’t born not seeing our greatness we are taught it doesn’t exist. Then we are taught that we aren’t beautiful and the men from our own community will grow up to support this. This short is a collection of images in normal daily life to prove that our worth and fire. It’s always been there and It’s always been lit.
Healing Panel- A panel on grief, trauma, and the struggle for self care with Dr. Katrina Sanford and Chioma Petway
"Love"- From self love to first loves, this series of films will delve into sex, relationships, and intimacy. Featuring a special adult only curation by Washington D.C. based production company, Haux Hive.
Sex is a God Thing, Directed by Zarinah Ali- A drama that chronicles the lives of two Black Queer women from the south side of Chicago, as they grapple with the grief of their father’s recent passing, the unraveling of their romantic relationships, and their mounting existential questions on faith.
Simone Pin Presents, Directed by Shadae Simone and Annya Pin- In the world of COVID many erotic performers have had to move into the world of film. CHeck out the innovative turn this has made on the adult entertainment industry.
We Both Dream of Waves, Directed by Patricia Geula- An African woman’ short experimental documentary recounting memories of people navigating the world as a non-man and embracing the divine feminine.
Generation Y, Directed by Khamaree D. Owens and Chelsea Holmes-McKnight- Gen-Y follows the life of Elisha Danbrooke, an African American woman whose world is turned upside down when she discovers she’s contracted an incurable STD.
Haux Hive Presents, Curated by Brooke Jay- You must be 18+ to be admitted into this late night showing beginning at 8pm PST. This D.C. based adult entertainment company has gathered acts to make you blush and possibly introduce you to a kinkier side of yourself. Plus a deep dive sexy conversation with the performers and and curator.
"Liberation"- It is time to reimagine the future of queer black women. This series will venture into afro-futurism, social media trends, and hilarious friendships. Join the afternoon panel with some of the featured directors on how seeing black joy on screen increases black joy in life.
Carmen with a K (mini series), Directed by Lauren Du Pree and Marques Du Pree- This web series follows Carmen with a K, everyone's favorite Instagram model, as she navigates her newfound "fame" upon the release of her debut single, "The Butterscotch Goddess."
Jamaica & Tamarindo: Afro Tradition in the Heart of Mexico, Directed by Ebony Bailey- The jamaica flower and tamarind are iconic ingredients in Mexico, but their history comes from a place much further away. In this short documentary, we meet four people to explore African identity in Mexico City, an identity that goes beyond just the color of one's skin.
MINO: A Diaspora Myth, Directed by Ashunda Norris-It is 2079. In the utopic haven of Biamara, a Coven of Black womyn who can conceive without men must consider denouncing one of their own when she chooses to defy the all female code and self produce a male child.
Uma Fien, Directed by Adja Gildersleve, Ashembaga Jaafaru, A visual poem that centers a queer African couple as they navigate the triumphs and challenges of love, colonization, and freedom.
Toxic, Directed by Ineka Herring, Over the duration of three hours Avery's aggressively toxic friend convinces her to stalk her girlfriend.
Hi’s and Lo’s, Created by Takiyah Ward. An experimental dance film exploring the emotional rollercoaster of daily living as a queer black woman.
Directors Speak Out- Listen in on the featured directors take on black joy on film for queer black women.
Each day will feature music videos by Be Steadwell, LIVt, and Banzi Mavuso