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BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

A documentary

by Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon

2017 national EMMY® Nomination for Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary


America Reframed: PBS World Channel
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Running time: 90 min

For 85-year-old Sonia Sanchez, writing is both a personal and political act. She emerged as a seminal figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement, raising her voice in the name of black culture, civil rights, women's liberation, and peace as a poet, playwright, teacher, activist and early champion of the spoken word. She is among the earliest poets to have incorporated urban black English into her poetry; she was one of the first activists to secure the inclusion of African American studies in university curricula. Deemed "a lion in literature's forest" by poet Maya Angelou and winner of major literary awards including the American Book Award, Sonia Sanchez is best known for 17 books of poetry that explore a wide range of global and humanist themes, particularly the struggles and triumphs of women and people of color.

In BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, Sanchez's life unfolds in a documentary rich with readings and jazz-accompanied performances of her work. With appearances by Questlove, Talib Kweli, Ursula Rucker, Amiri Baraka, Haki Madhubuti, Jessica Care Moore, Ruby Dee, Yasiin Bey, Ayana Mathis, Imani Uzuri and Bryonn Bain, the documentary examines Sanchez's contribution to the world of poetry, her singular place in the Black Arts Movement and her leadership role in African American culture over the last half century.

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BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez was featured at IFP's Spotlight on Documentaries at Independent Film Week

Generous support

Special thanks to Netflix, financial sponsor of the Women In Film Foundation
Film Finishing Fund 2012
Valentine Foundation
The Philadelphia Foundation
Lomax Family Foundation
The Leeway Foundation
American Composers Society
Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund
The Lida Foundation: Linda and David Glickstein

The Philadelphia Cultural Fund

Supported by The Wyncote Foundation and PCF

Thanks to our Kickstarter supporters: Check out the list of amazing
individuals who kicked in to help us finish the documentary.

Fiscal sponsors: Women Make Movies and PIFVA

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