May 15, 2011:

Brooklyn born performance poet/artist Tantra-zawadi, announced today the release of her short documentary “Girl: The Film (Volume I – A Message from Ardija Red-Cloud).” “Girl: The Film” is a series of short documentaries with uplifting messages to encourage girls in their quest for transformation, independence and self love. Ms. Zawadi, a mentor for Girl-Child Network Worldwide founded by CNN Hero Betty Makoni, created this film to inspire and empower girls in crisis.

“Girl: The Film Volume I” is a message from Ardija Red-Cloud, a 77 year-old mother/grandmother/retired guidance counselor with the New York City Department of Education, who exudes a timeless wisdom based upon her personal experiences and self discovery.

The film was shot in New York City and Cape Town, South Africa. It is directed by Ms. Zawadi and edited by Oliver Covrett of XyayX Multimedia. The New York City filming was done by Oliver Covrett and Deb Williams. Contributors are Dorothy Johnson-Laird, Blogger for Girl-Child Network Worldwide, Groove Assassin (Gotta Keep Faith Records), Soul Agenda Musique (Do It Now Recordings), singer/songwriter Dana Byrd, Tut Amin (Sankofa Soulz), Saxophonist Shannon Mowday, poetry by Nathan P. and Tshombe Sekou, with “Girl” graphic design by Stephanie Griffin and artwork by Aaron Mobley.

Tantra-zawadi is an internationally known performance poet/recording artist and the author of “Gathered at Her Sky” (PWP Books), “alifepoeminprogress” (Chuma Spirit Books), and a contributor in various anthologies. Her poetry has appeared in Essence and SpokenVizions Magazines. She has performed her soul stirring poems to standing room audiences at venues all over the world from London to South Africa. Her latest projects include the stage play “Stolen Dreams, “Girl – A Choreospective,” and collaborations such as “Love Seeker” by Groove Assassin (GKF Records), “Secrets of Life” by Nastee Nev (DIN Recordings), “Don’t Let Go” by Soul Agenda Musique (DIN Recordings), The Love Planet EP by Collective Spirits, The Summerbreeze EP By Dolls Combers, EARTHOLOGY by Floyd Boykin, Jr., and the award winning Liberation Sessions Soul of the City CD by Mwalim.

To learn more about Tantra-zawadi, please visit her website at http://www.tantra-zawadi.com. Her videos are also available at http://www.youtube.com/tantrazawadi.

Ms. Zawadi is grateful for your continued love and support.

Media Contact: Debra Williams
Diamond and Company
444 West 49th Street #3D
(212) 247-3692

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Short documentaries by poet/author/filmmaker, Tantra-zawadi:
"Girl: The Film - Volume I, A Message from Ardija Red-Cloud"
Edited by Oliver Covrett, XyayX Multimedia. For more about Tantra-zawadi, please visit http://www.tantra-zawadi.com or http://www.youtube.com/tantrazawadi.

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