feature: sunday kinfolk & theatre roscius’ soul-stirring short films – ‘dear nina’ + ‘black like her’

June 23, 2015

Check out these two experimental short films from Sunday Kinfolk & Theatre Roscius, the first two of their triptych series – ‘Dear Nina’ and ‘Black Like Her’. Both films (directed by Renata Cherlise) feature performance artist Constance Strickland (pictured), who – as the film’s camp states – draws us “into her world filled with a myriad of unresolved emotions.” Watch the captivating shorts below and read more about the project here.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor


Dear Nina 

(2015, 19 minutes) 


Dear Nina offers a glimpse into the life of Cora, a woman whose hidden truths and troubled past are revealed through a series of letters. Performing Artist, Constance Strickland; Poet, C.L. McFadyen (onceuponapoet) and Visual Storyteller, Renata Cherlise strives to use art as a vessel to create dialogue centered around the triggers, stereotypes, and myths of mental illness while offering an honest depiction of abuse through personal accounts. The trio introduces Dear Nina as a collective coping mechanism towards the healing of the mind, body, and spirit of the black woman.”



Black Like Her 

(2014, 13 minutes)


Black Like Her explores womanhood through jazz and movements while centered around the traumatic experiences from the spirit of Laura Nelson. The 1911 lynching of the African American woman Laura Nelson, who was abducted from her jail cell, raped and, along with her son, lynched by a mob in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, is evocative of a story told many times over in the annals of America’s most shameful history. In this case, however, these component parts have merged into a single story that has resonated throughout the decades as a battle cry for the black woman in America, and for womanhood in general.“