ARRAY Releasing has announced that it has acquired In Our Mothers’ Gardens, the feature debut from director, curator and author Shantrelle P. Lewis. It first premiered at the 2020 BlackStar Film Festival, winning the Shine Award for Best Film. The film will be released in select cities and on Netflix starting May 6.
The official description: In Our Mothers’s Gardens celebrates the strength and resiliency of Black women and Black families through the complex, and often times humorous, relationship between mothers and daughters. The film pays homage to Black maternal ancestors while examining the immediate and critical importance of self-care, and the healing tools necessary for Black communities to thrive.
Interviews in the film include #MeToo founder Tarana Burke; The Roots and Chris Rock tour manager Tina Farris; cultural critic Dr. Brittney Cooper of Rutgers University; Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames of Princeton University; holistic lifestyle maven Latham Thomas; photographer Adama Delphine Fawundu and NPR’s Senior Director for Programming Yolanda Sangweni.
“In Our Mothers’s Gardens is a beautiful tribute to the complex relationships between Black women connected by lineage and love,” said Tilane Jones, president of ARRAY. “Released in celebration of Mother’s Day, we are honored to present Ms. Lewis’ feature debut highlighting important bonds between daughters, mothers and grandmothers told by a dynamic group of women.”