About this film screening and discussion

Please join us for an exclusive CUNY screening of Aubin Picture's latest documentary, Meanwhile. Meanwhile, a groundbreaking, immersive, nonlinear cinematic journey where artists' expressions blend with historical and observational footage, unveils the profound impact of white supremacy on our human connections. Led by the dynamic team of Jacqueline Woodson, Meshell Ndegeocello, Erika Dilday, M. Trevino, and Catherine Gund, this collaborative masterpiece weaves together diverse visions, poignantly sharing how race, racism, and resistance shape our collective breath, not just in moments of crisis, but in the enduring, pervasive legacy of that risk. Following the screening there will be an engaging discussion and Q&A between Professor Dana-Ain Davis, Director Catherine Gund, and Writer Jacqueline Woodson. This event is free and open to all.

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Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson (jacquelinewoodson.com) is the author of more than thirty books for young people and adults including Another Brooklyn, Red At The Bone and The Day You Begin. She received a 2023 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a 2023 E. B. White Award, a 2020 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award, and was the 2018–2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, won the National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, and the NAACP Image Award. Her books for young readers include Coretta Scott King Award and NAACP Image Award winner Before the Ever After, New York Times bestsellers The Day You Begin and Harbor Me, Newbery Honor winners Feathers, Show Way, and After Tupac and D Foster, and Each Kindness. In 2018, she founded BALDWIN FOR THE ARTS (https://baldwinforthearts.org), a residency serving writers, composers, interdisciplinary, and visual artists of the Global Majority. Her most recent novel, Remember Us, is set in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn.

Catherine Gund

Founder and Director of Aubin Pictures, Catherine Gund is an Emmy-nominated and Academy-shortlisted producer, director, writer, and activist. Her media work focuses on strategic and sustainable social transformation, racial justice, arts and culture, HIV/AIDS and reproductive justice, and the environment. Her films have screened around the world in festivals, theaters, museums, and schools; on PBS, HBO, Paramount+, the Discovery Channel, Sundance Channel, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. She won the 2023 Gracie Award for Documentary Producer. Her recent films include: Paint Me a Road Out of Here (forthcoming), Meanwhile (forthcoming), Angola Do You Hear Us? Voices From a Plantation Prison, Primera, and Aggie. An alumnus of Brown University and the Whitney Independent Study Program, she has four children and lives in NYC.

Dana-Ain Davis

Dana-Ain Davis is Professor of Urban Studies and Anthropology at the City University of New York (CUNY). She is the director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society at the Graduate Center. Davis’s work covers two broad domains: Black feminist ethnography and the dynamics of race and racism.With regard to the latter, she has examined the ways race and racism animate neoliberalism and reproduction.

In the last decade, Davis has focused her attention on reproduction, race, and technologies that assist in reproduction. She has written several articles addressing issues of reproduction and racism including, “Obstetric Racism: The Racial Politics of Pregnancy, Labor, and Birthing,” (2019); “Trump, Race, and Reproduction in the Afterlife of Slavery” (2019); “Feminist Politics, Racialized Imagery, and Social Control: Reproductive Injustice in the Age of Obama” with Beth E. Richie and LaTosha Traylor (2017); “The Bone Collectors” (2016); and, “The Politics of Reproduction: The Troubling Case of Nadya Suleman” (2009).

She is the author of Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth (NYU Press 2019). The book received the Eileen Basker Memorial Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology; The Senior Book Prize from the Association of Feminist Anthropology. In addition, Reproductive Injustice was named a Finalist for the 2020 PROSE Award in the Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology category, given by the Association of American Publisher and received an Honorable mention by The Victor Turner Ethnographic Writing Award Committee of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology.

Davis is also a doula and co-founded the Art of Childbirth with doula/midwife Nubia Earth-Martin, offering free birth education workshops that incorporate artistic expressions in Yonkers, New York.

This event is co-presented and hosted by the Center for the Humanities and the Center for the Study of Women and Society at the CUNY Graduate Center. This film is supported in part by Ford Foundation/JustFilms, National Endowment for the Arts, and Brown University/CSREA. Aubin Picture's programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.