The Gorgeous Offerings: The Black Ophelia

Film Screening & Community Discussion

Conceived by Renee Benson and co-produced by Jennifer Sargent, The Black Ophelia is a short film that chronicles the grieving process from the Black femme perspective, exploring the dignity of fragility in mourning.

The film screening will be followed by an audience Q/A and discussion with the film creators moderated by Renee Benson, including Spirit McIntyre, Ja'nese Brooks-Galathe, and Jason Foster, musical performances by Benson and McIntyre, and a closing reception.

Black Ophelia PROOMO 2 credit Jennifer Sargent
Photo by Julie Verlinden UPDATED
Collage by Alaina Comeaux

The Black Ophelia disrupts the erasure of ancestral cultures for Black Americans and facilitates a rite of celebration that restores cultural memory and legacy as a means for body-based healing from loss. Part documentary, part expressionistic ritual, the work weaves together a search for healing between the layers of intimate, social, spiritual, and ancestral spaces inhabited by the Black body.

Renee Benson Open modal
Jennifer Sargent Open modal
Jason Foster Open modal
Ja'nese Brooks-Galathe Open modal
Spirit McIntyre Open modal
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The Gorgeous Offerings and Requiem for a Stranger are supported by NPN’s Creation Fund, New Music USA's Creator Development Fund in 2021, Alternate Roots, the Puffin Foundation, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, and the Network of Ensemble Theaters.

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