Film. ‘Riverment’ Centers Women and Explores the Evolution of the Fight For Black Rights Through Generations.
Created by writer/director Shayla Racquel, in collaboration with producers Lindsey Sitz and Mitra Arthur, Riverment is a short film that explores black activism that spans generations and spaces.
As Civil Rights activists, Maureen and her husband Kenneth have seen and experienced many things. To cope with what she’s encountered, Maureen spends her time in her favorite place of peace, on the riverbank. Maureen enjoys bonding with her granddaughter Tyna here, where she shares stories about her past experiences.
Now 19 years old, Tyna has become a freedom fighter in her own right, tackling inequalities and discrimination occurring on her college campus. When Tyna decides to take her activism outside the proposed safe boundaries of school, Maureen is opposed to it out of fear for Tyna’s safety, and sanity.
“Riverment” is a compelling vshort film that explores the evolving fight for Black rights in America and how it affects family through generations. Focusing on the dynamic relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter, this film centers women and showcases how women have always been, and will continue to be, in the forefront of the movement. The film is set present day during the brink of a new age revolution against police brutality. Though many millennials are confident in the changes the new revolution will bring, the movement has received a lot of its criticism from those who participated, or are first line children of those who were involved in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.