Stories in Place, presented by MailChimp & Vimeo

Seven Black filmmakers capture perspectives from behind the counters of their favorite neighborhood spots.

In the shadow of a global pandemic, economic collapse, and ongoing racial injustice, 
these films show the spectrum of experiences among Black small-business owners and their communities.

As her family business is passed down to the next generation, Claudette Mitchell reflects on her father’s legacy bringing West Indian food to Nottingham and providing for his family.

Blending archive material showcasing 1970s London, an intimate digital one-to-one close-up interview, drone, and 16mm B-Roll footage, this film documents Jahson Peat — owner of ‘Zionly Manna Vegan Rastarant’ based in Peckham Rye, South London.

After being struck by COVID like many other small businesses, RaShaad and his parents found a way to bring life to the City of Newark through their Sneaker consignment shop, STUDIO-SOLE®

Rebyrth is a film about an Atlanta-based doula working to save the lives of Black mothers as they journey from their pregnancies into motherhood.

Just weeks before the pandemic hit, Jeannine Cook opened Harriett’s Bookshop in Philadelphia as a way to celebrate women authors, activists and artists. Since then, her work has taken on a larger role in the fight for sovereignty and protection for Black women.

Inspired by colorful mosaic artwork, this mixed media piece follows the story of a multiracial artist named Lori Greene. Lori is the owner of a mosaic studio and community art space called "Mosaic On A Stick" based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Njeri Mereka is a smooth-talking, hymn-singing, 67 year old grandmother who runs Kanyoko Boutique in Nairobi, Kenya — a business she unintentionally started from the boot of her 1990 Toyota Corolla.

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