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Reel Sisters & Kumble Theater Present Black Women's Joy: How Do You Play?

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Reel Sisters in association with Kumble Theater will kick off the festival’s 20th Anniversary season with “Black Women's Joy: How Do You Play?” Join us for a preview of Marta Effinger-Crichlow’s “Little Sallie Walker,” a documentary that tells the story of Black women who hold on to childhood play to cope in America. What is play? How has this jubilant ritual given generations of Black girls pleasure, refuge and power? Enjoy an evening of fun and sharing stories as we journey into childhood to reclaim our freedom to experience joy. Special guests from the film and community will join in.

The event will be held on Wed., Sept. 27, 6:30 pm at Kumble Theater. For information call: 212-865-2982 or 718-488-1624 Free! Donations Welcomed!

@Kumble Theater, Located on Flatbush Ave. between DeKalb Ave. & Willoughby St.
Brooklyn, NY

Little Sallie Walker

Producer/Director: Marta Effinger-Crichlow

In Little Sallie Walker, Black women across the United States reflect upon their relationships with childhood play revealing how this ignored legacy helps them survive life in America. The title of the film is inspired by the classic follow-the-leader game "Little Sally Walker.” From big cities to rural hamlets, play like patty-cake, double-dutch, dress-up, hop-scotch, doll-making, and hide-and-go-seek help to paint an alternative picture of black women’s lives. Little Sallie Walker is a work-in-progress, please support the film at www.littlesalliewalker.com.

Marta Effinger-Crichlow (Producer/Director/Writer) is an interdisciplinary artist who uses film, theatre and literature as she focuses upon black women and girls and freedom and place. She is the author of Staging Migrations toward an American West: From Ida B. Wells to Rhodessa Jones (University Press of Colorado). Effinger-Crichlow is the past recipient of a Pittsburgh Multicultural Arts Initiative grant for her multi-media collage “The Kitchen is Closed Startin' Sunday” and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for “Retentions and Transfigurations: The Technological Evolution and Social History of Five New York City Neighborhoods.” For her produced play “Whispers Want to Holler,” she collaborated with noted jazz saxophonist Billy Harper. In 2014, The Network Journal selected Effinger-Crichlow as one of their "25 Influential Black Women in Business.” She received her PhD from Northwestern University and her MA from Yale University. She teaches in African American Studies at CityTech (CUNY). In 2017, Effinger-Crichlow received an IFP JustFilms Fellowship from the Made in NY Media Center. Little Sallie Walker is her first feature-length documentary.

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