Pre-Interview Next Steps

WHAT IS MY STORY: Envy Me, is a story about love and feeling wanted and about how black girls in white spaces aren’t offered these seemingly “normal” perks of girlhood. With Envy Me, I hope to shed light on this and put into video emotions and moments that I’ve suppressed.  However, in terms of this…

By Amani Diallo November 18, 2022 Off

Email to NC Director Cynthia Hill

Hi Cynthia,  My name is Amani Diallo and I am a 17-year-old senior at Durham Academy Upper School. This semester I’m working with Mr. Jordan Adair and Mrs. Elisabeth Effron on a filmmaking independent study. I’ve developed an idea for a short film, Envy Me, that explores the relationship between black womanhood, predominantly white spaces,…

By Amani Diallo October 10, 2022 Off

Private Violence Reflections

Private Violence is a feature-length documentary film that explores a simple, but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. The knee-jerk response is to ask: “why doesn’t she just leave?” Private Violence shatters the brutality of this logic. Through the eyes of two…

By Amani Diallo October 7, 2022 Off

Somewhere South Review

In six one-hour episodes, chef and author Vivian Howard digs deeper into the lesser known roots of Southern food, Southern cooking, and Southern living. With “Somewhere South,” Howard serves as both student and guide, exploring cross-cultural dishes through the professional and personal relationships she has with southerners of many backgrounds. Each episode of “Somewhere South”…

By Amani Diallo October 6, 2022 Off

Interim Reflection

I have a tendency to procrastinate on the things I’m most scared to mess up –– and I’m really, really afraid of somehow messing up this Independent Study. Over the last few months, I’ve spent an incredible amount of time just thinking about this filmmaking project –– expectations of mood boards, interviews, and of Envy…

By Amani Diallo September 25, 2022 Off