BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez


Throckmorton Theatre Fri, Oct 16, 2015 7:30 PM
Rafael 3 Sat, Oct 17, 2015 6:30 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Mind the Gap
Focus: Lit Flix
Running Time:91 min
Director:Barbara Attie
Janet Goldwater
Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
Producer:Barbara Attie
Janet Goldwater
Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
Cinematographer:Daniel Traub
Peter Brownscombe
Bobby Shepard
Editor:Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
Print Source:Attie & Goldwater Productions
Note Writer:Melissa Howden


BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez is, in her own words, a “woman with razor blades between her teeth.” A comprehensive portrait of the poet, playwright, scholar, teacher, and social activist, this performance-rich film explodes with life and the words that love Sonia while she loves them back. An architect of the '60s Black Arts Movement, Sanchez has stood as a persistent voice for equality when, as the film reveals, many preferred to stand down. Hers is a mighty, loud, sassy, and strong Black female voice. The performances of Sanchez’ poems light up the screen. This is especially true when she performs as a paramount jazz player of her own words. Sanchez is a revelation when backed by her band, as she “plays” the words in intricate rhythmic phrases and virtuosic solos that resonate long after the film ends. With appearances by Ruby Dee, Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, Haki Madhubuti, Questlove, and more.

Co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora and Women's Film Institute

Additional Information

Sabrina Schmidt Gordon has been editing and producing high impact documentaries for more than 15 years. Gordon lives and works in New York City.