U People

Fri, May 29, 2009,  7pm
Directors Hanifah Walidah and Olive Demetrius in attendance

Filmmakers Hanifah Walidah and Olive Demetrius brought together a group of women and transmen of color, gay and straight, at a brownstone in Brooklyn to film a music video, “Make a Move.” Over the two-day shoot their cameras caught the off-screen production as well, with cast and crew awaiting the next scene, getting their hair and makeup done or simply passing time out on the stoop. What might have been a common “the making of” video turned into an “accidental” documentary, as the unscripted conversations took on a rich and passionate life of their own.

What does it mean to be a woman of color? A lesbian of color? What about a transman of color seen as male, as female? What does it mean to face multiple oppressions, and how or should they be compared? In the spirit of sisterhood, these dialogues develop among people who are comfortable enough in their own identities to make the effort to understand those of others.

Scattered throughout these moments of personal honesty, the sexy, on-screen house party video must go on! U PEOPLE, the documentary, is the result. A joyous celebration of community and shared identity, of honoring similarity and respecting difference, U PEOPLE is about being real, people.

U PEOPLE dirs Hanifah Walidah and Olive Demetrius 2008 USA 76 min.
Community Partners: Happy Ours Productions & Q Center