THIS PLACE (Director: V. T. Nayani)

THIS PLACE is a film about one Kanien'kehá:ka woman, two former refugees, and their daughters - a fateful pair of young lovers. Co-written by Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, Golshan Abdmoulaie, and V. T. Nayani, the project is currently in post-production. Produced in partnership with Telefilm Canada's Talent to Watch Program, and with additional support from InsideOut's RE:Focus Fund and the Ontario Arts Council.

LOOK AT US NOW (2019) by Tanika Charles

#MISSAMERICA (2018) by Sway Clarke
Winner: Best Music Video, 2019 Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival (Baltimore, MD)

WHAT SHOULD I DO? (2020) by bahia | Co-directed with my dear friend and comrade, Yasmine Mathurin.

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

TELL ME SOMETHING by Tanika Charles


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. 


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. This film was an Official Selection of the 2019 Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival (Baltimore, MD).

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