LOOK AT US NOW by Tanika Charles (2019)

#MISSAMERICA by Sway Clarke (2018)

TIME TRAVELER by Witch Prophet feat. Lido Pimienta (2018)

TELL ME SOMETHING by Tanika Charles (2019)


Director V.T. Nayani's first feature documentary explores the issue of shadeism, the discrimination based on skin tone between members of the same community. This issue around shade, of certain skin tones being considered "better" than others, was never missing from conversation while growing up for Nayani. She was able to feel its presence in conversations among family and friends. Alongside her friends and family, Nayani begins to recover and re-imagine what beauty means for Black, Indigenous, and other women of colour globally. This film looks at where shadeism comes from, how it directly affects women-identified people, and explores how we can move forward together.  TO VIEW TRAILER, CLICK HERE.


AFROPUNK is a celebration of black culture and arts, a reclamation of black punk music and a denouncement of "isms" and phobias rooted in hate. Its organizers call it "a safe place, a black space to freak out in, to construct a new reality, to live your life as you see fit, while making sense of the world around you. In this piece for CBC Arts, Director V. T. Nayani and Producer Simone Ince explore AFROPUNK as both a music festival and a safe space, and follow a few Canadian artists who continue to cross the border and join in. TO VIEW VIDEO, CLICK HERE.



Written and directed by V.T. Nayani, "Sad Girls Club" is inspired by the writings of Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat, exploring the intimate moments that two young women of colour share, as they navigate their individual and unique experiences of depression, supporting each other in the ways they know how. This short film highlights the quiet moments that are shared between two friends facing the whims of sadness, and how sharing our joys and pains can provide a safe space for healing. TO VIEW FILM, CLICK HERE.


In partnership with UN Women and the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), Better Speak is a doc short directed by UN Women - Yvonne M. Hebert Award-Recipient V.T. Nayani for 43˚ North Productions Inc. This film features nine young feminist activists from around the world, as they share what it means for them to personally take up space and participate at UN Women's 61st Commission on the Status of Women (March 13-24, 2017) - especially in this current political climate. This short was filmed and edited in the span of five days at the CSW, and features young feminists from Asia, Africa, the Americas, and more. TO VIEW FILM, CLICK HERE.

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