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Sojourner Truth Festival for the Arts | 2023 Symposium


Event Summary

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Photo by Max Herman

This symposium on Black women’s filmmaking, inspired by the 1976 Sojourner Truth Festival of the Arts, featured roundtable conversations with some of the original festival participants and contemporary filmmakers, artists, and scholars. The program included a roundtable discussion on curation and programming sponsored by Feminist Media Histories. Participants included Ina Archer, Cheryl Chisholm, Monica Freeman, Jennifer Lawson, O.Funmilayo Makarah, Yvonne Welbon, with Hayley O’Malley and Allyson Nadia Field serving as moderators. The second session, sponsored by the Black Film Center & Archive, included a workshop on archival preservation, with a presentation by Rachael Stoeltje (Director, Indiana University Moving Image Archive and the Black Film Center & Archive) and discussion with Amber Bertin (Archivist, Indiana University Black Film Center & Archive), CK Ming and Ina Archer (Media Conservation and Digitization Specialists, Smithsonian National Museum of African  American History & Culture).

The symposium was co-sponsored by the Visual Regimes of Enslavement and Their Afterlives research project at the Neubauer Collegium.