ABOUT THE FILM
Little Sallie Walker (post-production) What is play? How has this jubilant ritual given generations of black girls pleasure, refuge and power? In the film, black women across the United States reflect upon their relationships with childhood play revealing how this ignored legacy helps them survive life in America. From big cities to rural hamlets, play like patty-cake, double-dutch, doll-making, and hide-and-go-seek help to paint an alternative picture of black women’s lives otherwise dismissed or misrepresented in America’s social and historical record.
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.
Listen to producer/director/writer Marta Effinger-Crichlow's podcast interview about the film on 'I Freakin' Love History' https://soundcloud.com/user-713236430-958809631/i-freakin-love-history-episode-2-how-black-girls-play