To The Girl That Looks Like Me

A visual poem of self love and Black women's strength in a system that does not support them.

To The Girl That Looks Like Me, made by New York's Tisch University graduate Ewurakua Dawson-Amoah, is an experimental poetry piece that celebrates black women, who continue to thrive in a system that was not built for them. This visual poem explores culture, self-love and self-discovery through a string of vignettes that combine dance, folklore, modern culture and spirituality.

Dawson Amoah ''This film celebrates the beauty and strength of black women, as we continue to thrive in a system that wasn't built for us. I wanted young black and brown girls to take away this simple idea, “there is room for you at the top. there is space for you at this table” I wanted to celebrate blackness in a way I never saw blackness celebrated on the screen. Kente cloth at the forefront, dark skin as the leading lady.

Black women are beautiful. We are strong and groundbreaking and instrumental.

I know that I’m entering an industry that was not created for my success, and that’s fine. Because I truly believe that the way to achieve constant positive portrayals of black women is for black filmmakers to be unapologetic in our storytelling and to just continue to make these films that let the media know we’re reclaiming our stories and putting them on the big screen. We aren’t going anywhere.'

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To The Girl That Looks Like Me

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Ewurakua Dawson-Amoah

A visual poem of self love and Black women's strength in a system that does not support them.

To The Girl That Looks Like Me, made by New York's Tisch University graduate Ewurakua Dawson-Amoah, is an experimental poetry piece that celebrates black women, who continue to thrive in a system that was not built for them. This visual poem explores culture, self-love and self-discovery through a string of vignettes that combine dance, folklore, modern culture and spirituality.

Dawson Amoah ''This film celebrates the beauty and strength of black women, as we continue to thrive in a system that wasn't built for us. I wanted young black and brown girls to take away this simple idea, “there is room for you at the top. there is space for you at this table” I wanted to celebrate blackness in a way I never saw blackness celebrated on the screen. Kente cloth at the forefront, dark skin as the leading lady.

Black women are beautiful. We are strong and groundbreaking and instrumental.

I know that I’m entering an industry that was not created for my success, and that’s fine. Because I truly believe that the way to achieve constant positive portrayals of black women is for black filmmakers to be unapologetic in our storytelling and to just continue to make these films that let the media know we’re reclaiming our stories and putting them on the big screen. We aren’t going anywhere.'

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