Ayoka Chenzira

ayoka chenzira

ayoka chenzira

Ayoka Chenzira

Chenzira is considered to be the first African-American woman animator and she is one of the first African-American women to write, produce and direct a 35mm feature film, Alma’s Rainbow, listed in Billboard Magazine as one of the top home video rentals (May 1998). Her film “Hair Piece: a film for nappy headed people” was voted one of the top fifty films to assist educators with discussions of race. Last year in April, she staged one of the most-talked about multimedia productions in Atlanta, “Flying Over Purgatory” starring Ruby Dee and South aAfrican actress Mabel Mafuya. In addition to her work as an aritist, Chenzira is the William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professor of Fine Arts and director of the digital moving image salon at Spelman College.

 

Director Hair Piece: a film for nappy headed people

hairpiece a film for nappy headed people

hairpiece a film for nappy headed people

(USA 1985) An animated satire on the question of self-image for African American women living in a society where beautiful hair is viewed as hair that blows in the wind and lets you be free.