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Directed by Isabella Myers

Portland 2017 6 mins.

The experiences, difficulties, and positive aspects of growing up black.

From filmmaker Isabella Myers: I was inspired to bring light to the fact that not every black person grows up poor, uneducated, or is in a gang. Although every subject identified as African-American, every single person had a different story about their experiences growing up black. Bringing empowerment for African-Americans was another inspiration for this film. There aren’t that many empowering videos of blacks and I wanted to change that.


This project was produced at Caldera.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.