Synopsis: Filmed on location in Harlem, USA and in Claude Monet’s historic gardens in Giverny, France, The Giverny Document is a multi-textured cinematic poem that meditates on the safety and bodily autonomy of Black women. Through audacious formal experimentation, filmmaker and artist Ja’Tovia Gary unleashes an arsenal of techniques and materials including direct animation on archival 16mm film, cinema verite, and montage editing to explore the creative virtuosity of Black femme performance while interrogating the histories of those bodies and lives as spaces of forced labor and commodified production.
World Premiere at the 2019 Locarno Film Festival, Winner of the Moving Ahead Award
North American Premiere at Camden International Film Festival, Honorable Mention Cinematic Vision Award
Direction + Edit + Animation by Ja'Tovia M. Gary
Cinematographer: Mia Cioffi Henry
Sound: Emily Strong
Producers: Paige Wood + Artesia Balthrop
Music: Dyani Douze + Bandela Bandela