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Still from Don't Touch My Hair

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ICA Cinema Series | Richmond Speaks: A Short Film Showcase

Wednesday, Jun 13

6:00 PM–8:30 PM


This short-film showcase highlights a selection of Richmond residents who have — through proclamations, acts of kindness, and direct calls to action — put their stamp on the city. A post-screening conversation with the filmmakers and subjects will focus on how their work creates space for the individual while also building community, as well as the role of institutions such as the ICA in developing Richmond’s story.

Still from May It Be So

May It Be So

Richmond is a city of monuments, but many people who live here say the monuments do not tell the full story of the city. This short film is about how Richmond remembers its past through the voices of the people who live in the city today.


Still from Don't Touch My Hair

Don’t Touch My Hair

This film uses hair expressions as metaphor to depict a multiplicity of blackness and reveal the wealth of black experiences. Black women in particular provide the bridge and backbone to social justice movements.


Still from Adrian's Story

Adrian’s Story

Adrian Swearengen is a barber-in-training. He is refining his skills with the clippers while offering haircuts for individuals who cannot afford to visit a barber shop. Adrian has long dreamed of becoming a licensed barber, and is realizing this goal after years of incarceration.