Watch Trailer for Upcoming Doc 'Chronicles of Summer' (3 Young Black Girls Shaping Their Identity)
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Watch Trailer for Upcoming Doc 'Chronicles of Summer' (3 Young Black Girls Shaping Their Identity)

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based filmmaker Ife Olatunji is currently putting on the finishing touches on

her new feature length documentary, "Chronicles of Summer: Childhood in South Shore," which centers around 3 close friends, Indigo, Ameera, and Akili all 8 years old and growing up on the South Side of Chicago.

As Ms.

Olatunji states, both girls were given the opportunity to participate in visual

and performance arts after school. But when school ends for the summer, it was up

to the parents in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago where they live to

find a safe and affordable education for their daughters.

"Despite financial and family

troubles, parents enroll their kids in summer programs with the hope of

preparing them for more than just the fall semester… (as the film details the

experiences of the girls as they learn while dealing)… with the personal and

artistic challenges that shape their identity during a critical age.

Confronting notions of a “poor education”, this community redefines what is

worth learning."

The

filmmaker was a 2014 Katemquin films/Community Film Workshop Diverse Voices in

Documentaries Fellow, and calls herself a documentary filmmaker who specialize

in methods of observational cinema, and ethnographic field work.

With a BA in

Anthropology from Syracuse University, and a graduate MA in Visual Anthropology

from the University of Manchester, UK, she says that her "anthropological

field work has lead me to teaching media and art to students of all ages, and

world wide," and she has formed her own documentary production company

Freedom Lover Films, which you’ll find here.

There are

few films, whether narrative or documentary, that focuses on the lives and

experiences of young black girls, and for Ms. Olatunji, "Chronicle of Summer" will

be important because it "seeks to capture

the voices and experiences of elementary students as they explore the value of

education and arts in shaping their identity."   

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