Woke Up Black

Project Status: 

Official Selection: San Francisco Black Film Festival; Bronze Lens Film Festival; San Diego Black Film Festival; Gene Siskel Film Center; Big Muddy Film Festival

Woke Up Black focuses on five black youth, along with their struggles and triumphs as they start their journey into adulthood. The film places at its center the voices of Black youth - their ideas, attitudes and opinions that are often overlooked in today’s society.

For two years, Morten and associate producers Keisha Farmer-Smith, Aparna Sharma, and Marisol Ybarra followed five youth from the Chicago area to explore their experiences when it comes to navigating the world they live in. As they move through their personal challenges this documentary also mirrors the complexities of this often ignored group that are at the center of many socio-political issues including discrimination, political participation, sex and relationships, music, and the media portrayal of black youth.

The film is currently seeking funds for distribution, community engagement activities and the completion of the discussion guide.

Producer/Director: Mary Morten