Artwork > Soft is Strong

02:28 min. excerpt of 10:50 min.

Camera, Sound, Vocals, Text, Editing: Miatta Kawinzi

HD Color Video & 16mm Color Film Transferred to Video
Two-Channel Audio: Vocalization, Cassette Tape Recordings, Synthesizer, Original Electronic Score

“Dat Old Black Gal” is a Black American work song (railroad spiking), archived by Zora Neale Hurston in 1939 and here re-interpreted & re-sung.

“She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.”
- Toni Morrison, “Beloved"

Filmed & recorded in -
Detroit, Michigan
Johannesburg, South Africa
New York: Alfred, Brooklyn, Harlem, Manhattan
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Tulsa, Oklahoma