Founded in 1992 by Aishah Shahidah Simmons, AfroLez® Productions is an AfroLez®femcentric multimedia arts company committed to using the moving image, the written and spoken word to counteract the negative impact of racism, sexism, homophobia, and classism on the lives of marginalized and oppressed people with a particular emphasis on the lives of Diasporic African women and girls.
Since 2006, the primary project of AfroLez® Productions has been to distribute its educational tools, which address intra-racial rape and sexual assault in African-American communities. This includes the Ford Foundation-funded internationally acclaimed, award-winning film, NO! The Rape Documentary, which unveils the realities of rape, other forms of sexual violence and healing in African-American communities; Breaking the Silences the 2-hour supplemental video to NO!, which features compelling messages from women and men prevention advocates/activists; and riveting testimones from women who are multiple survivors of sexual violence; and Unveiling the Silence: NO! The Rape Documentary Study Guide a 100-page interactive study guide, which accompanies NO!.
For detailed information, please visit: NOtheRapeDocumentary.org
Aishah Shahidah Simmons is an award-winning African-American feminist lesbian independent documentary filmmaker, television and radio producer, published writer, international lecturer, and activist based in Philadelphia, PA. She is the Erma Taylor O’Brien Distinguished Guest Professor at Scripps College during the spring semester of the 2013-2014 academic school year. She also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the Women’s Studies and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Studies programs at Temple University. She is an Associate Editor of the online publication The Feminist Wire (TheFeministWire.com)
An incest and rape survivor, her internationally acclaimed short videos Silence…Broken and In My Father’s House, which were produced in 1993 and 1996, explore the issues of race, gender, homophobia, rape, and misogyny. Aishah is also the producer, writer, and director of the Ford Foundation-funded, internationally acclaimed, award winning film NO! The Rape Documentary. Aishah’s writings on gender-based violence, queer identity, non-Christocentric spirituality, cinematic activism, and intersectionality are featured on blogs and in several anthologies and journals in the U.S. and internationally. Her cultural work and activism have been documented extensively in a wide range of media outlets including The Root, Crisis, Forbes, Left of Black, In These Times, Ms., Alternet, ColorLines, The Philadelphia Weekly, NPR, Pacifica Radio Network, and BET. She has screened her work, lectured extensively, taught classes, and facilitated workshops and dialogues at colleges and universities, rape crisis centers, juvenile correctional facilities, and government sponsored events throughout the United States, in Canada, Italy, South Africa, France, England, Croatia, Hungary, The Netherlands, Mexico, Kenya, Malaysia, and India. You can follow her on twitter at @AfroLez
You can view additional video content on her youtube channel (youtube.com/afrolez).