In honor of Black History Month as a Black Girl Nerd, with a little twist of revolutionary in me, who loves film I wanted to make sure to highlight a film about a Black female icon (in my eyes) that you may want to add to your playlist. Hopefully by watching this sista story you will get something that you didn't know and share with others.
This feature film was done by an Afro-Cuban filmmaker, Gloria Rolando titled Eyes of the Rainbow. It's a wonderful film that combines spiritual rituals and uses an "ourstory"approach while depicting the life of revolutionary Assata Shakur.
Eyes of the Rainbow deals with the life of Assata Shakur, Black Panther and Black Liberation Army leader who escaped from prison and was given political asylum in Cuba, where she has lived close to 30+ years. In the film, the viewer gets to visit with Assata in Havana as she tells us about her history and her life in Cuba. This film is also about Assata's AfroCuban context, including the Yoruba Orisha Oya, a goddess of the ancestors, of war, of the cemetery and of the rainbow.
"In the struggle of the African American people, many women's voices in the past and the present have always called for social justice, women who throughout the years have shown integrity and firmness in their principles. For this reason, "The Eyes of the Rainbow" is dedicated to all women who struggle for a better world." ~Gloria Rolando on "Eyes of the Rainbow"
Here is a taste of this powerful film:
For more information about her and/or the film check out Hands Off Assata !!
"Part of being a revolutionary is creating a vision that is more humane. That is more fun, too. That is more loving. It's really working to create something beautiful." ~Assata Shakur