ABOUT THE FILM
LITTLE SALLIE WALKER tells the story of four black women who find pleasure, refuge and power 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, tag, doll-making, hop-scotch and hide-and-go-seek. The film unfolds in Alabama, New York, California, and Washington State, as black women and girls offer a unique and spirited glimpse into their worlds—both past and present.
The title of the film is inspired by the classic follow-the-leader game “Little Sally Walker," which shows the wonder and creativity of children. Yet, in the documentary, the central and supporting characters also highlight how play reignites memories and struggles with racial oppression, gender inequalities, sexual assault, and poverty. LITTLE SALLIE WALKER is a story about reclamation as these black women try to recover this magical ritual called play in a hostile society.