LITTLE SALLIE WALKER

A DOCUMENTARY BY MARTA EFFINGER-CRICHLOW

A Documentary by Marta Effinger-Crichlow

In LITTLE SALLIE WALKER, a feature-length documentary project in post production, black women across the generations recall the power, refuge, and pleasure they once discovered in childhood play. Surviving life in America as black girls involved imagining and creating worlds-of-make-believe through a range of play like patty cake, dress up, double dutch, doll-making, hop-scotch and hide-and-seek. The film unfolds in New York, California, Alabama, and Washington State and is inspired by the classic circle game ‘Little Sallie Walker’. Play reignites pleasurable memories as well as struggles with race and gender oppression, poverty, and abuse. As the black women at the center of the film continue to navigate a less than idyllic American landscape, they contemplate if play is magical enough to save them now.

 

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