“The Room of Silence,” is a short documentary about race, identity and marginalization at the Rhode Island School of Design. Based on interviews conducted by myself and the campus organization Black Artists and Designers, this film contains well under a third of the stories we collected in March 2016, and an unknown fraction of the stories belonging to students we didn’t have a chance to meet with.
This video is meant to serve as a discussion tool and testimony on behalf of the growing student activist movement on our campus, and around the country. The video has been shown at faculty and departmental meetings, and its release online marks the next step in exposing these issues and fostering dialogue between students and school.
There are a lot of issues present in the extremely intersectional problem this video is attempting to tackle: issues that cannot and should not be simplified down and crammed into twenty minutes. Please consider this the first entry in a necessary conversation.
Screening and reproduction of this film is free of charge. However, if you were moved by the piece or found it helpful, please consider compensating the organizers of “Not Your Token,” without whom this project would not exist:
Olivia Stephens, Venmo: @Olivia-Stephens-1
Utē Petit, Venmo: @BabeTone
Chantal Feitosa, Venmo: @cfeitosa
If attributing the work, please acknowledge the efforts of both B.A.A.D. and the organizers, in addition to myself. For example:
“The Room of Silence,” 2016, dir. Eloise Sherrid, in collaboration with the student organization Black Artists and Designers (B.A.A.D.) and the organizing efforts of Olivia Stephens, Utē Petit, and Chantal Feitosa.”