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BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

A new documentary

by Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon


Available from California Newsreel, Summer 2015

Running time: 90 min

Learn about the makers of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

For 80-year-old Sonia Sanchez, writing is both a personal and political act. She emerged as a seminal figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement, raising her voice in the name of black culture, civil rights, women's liberation, and peace as a poet, playwright, teacher, activist and early champion of the spoken word. She is among the earliest poets to have incorporated urban black English into her poetry; she was one of the first activists to secure the inclusion of African American studies in university curricula. Deemed "a lion in literature's forest" by poet Maya Angelou and winner of major literary awards including the American Book Award, Sonia Sanchez is best known for 17 books of poetry that explore a wide range of global and humanist themes, particularly the struggles and triumphs of women and people of color.

In BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, Sanchez's life unfolds in a documentary rich with readings and jazz-accompanied performances of her work. With appearances by Questlove, Talib Kweli, Ursula Rucker, Amiri Baraka, Haki Madhubuti, Jessica Care Moore, Ruby Dee, Yasiin Bey, Ayana Mathis, Imani Uzuri and Bryonn Bain, the documentary examines Sanchez's contribution to the world of poetry, her singular place in the Black Arts Movement and her leadership role in African American culture over the last half century.


BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez was featured at IFP's Spotlight on Documentaries at Independent Film Week

Generous support




Special thanks to Netflix, financial sponsor of the Women In Film Foundation
Film Finishing Fund 2012
Valentine Foundation
The Philadelphia Foundation
Lomax Family Foundation
The Leeway Foundation
American Composers Society
Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund
The Lida Foundation: Linda and David Glickstein

The Philadelphia Cultural Fund

Supported by The Wyncote Foundation and PCF

Thanks to our Kickstarter supporters: Check out the list of amazing
individuals who kicked in to help us finish the documentary.

Creative Team
Producers/Directors: Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
Editor: Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
Original Score: Evan Solot
Graphic Design and Effects: Michael Saul
Camera: Daniel Traub, Peter Brownscombe, Bobby Shepard, Brian Noreika, Eric Hurt, Mike Attie, Patrick Sheehan, Mike Dennis, Art Jones
Sound Recordists: Emmanuel Bastien, Sarah Charlesworth-Attie, David Miranda Hardy, Colin Heath, David Keller, Rich Mach, Wayne Reynolds, Juan Rodriguez, Andy Weinrich
Additional Editing: Sharon Mullally
Sound Re-recording Mixer: John Avarese
Post-production: Frame Runner
Creative Adviser: Louis Massiah

Advisory Board
Elijah Anderson
John H. Bracey, Jr.
Lisa J. Green
Peniel E. Joseph
Joyce A. Joyce
Michelle Nzadi Keita

Fiscal sponsors: Women Make Movies and PIFVA

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