I Am Beautiful
I Am Beautiful captures the battle between self-love and self-hate, positive affirmations and negative thoughts. When we fall short of the beauty standards, we tell ourselves that we are not ...enough. We aren’t slim enough. We aren’t pretty enough. We just aren’t enough. Challenging those negative thoughts with positive affirmations has been a saving grace for many women.
A few simple words can give women a new sense of freedom.
Official Selection: Lift Off Global Network Sessions 2022
Alternative Film Festival Winter 2022 Super Short Category Winner: Best Experimental (International)
Alternative Film Festival Winter 2022 Super Short Category Nominee: Best Actress
Director: Ronita Awoonor-Gordon
Producer: Anita Okpongete
Dancer: Megan Lesser
DOP: Christine Tatenda
BTS Photographer: Michelle Kalil
Music Production: Blaise Sound Design
VO Artist: Anita, Cassie, Jasmine, Kemi, Ronita, Ruth, Serah, Tajana, Tasneim
With Support from Somesuch
Thank You Notes: Reggae with Teshay Makeda
A follow up to the film Notes of Resistance: Reggae, Thank You Notes featuring Teshay Makeda takes a look at the legacy that Reggae has left. Reggae has a long history of giving a voice to the voiceless. Thank You Notes allows artists of today to say thank you to those who paved a way for them to be able to make the music that they do. With many from Reggae’s heyday worrying about the genre’s future, we speak to Teshay Makeda at Lambeth Country Show doing her part to keep the genre alive. Join her as she prepares to go on stage for a set she has curated to pay homage to the women in Reggae, Roots and Soul.
With performances from: Teshay Makeda, Dionne Reid and Aysha Loren and the Empresses of Soul, Reggae and Roots: Lorna 'Sutara' G, TeeJAH PRAYze, Empress Storm, Rafeelya, Summer Pearl, Kosher, Empress Imani, Makeda Moore and Visaka
Notes of Resistance: Reggae
Many genres have been born out of resistance inspiring generations to create a space for themselves despite wider societies’ efforts to erase them. Reggae music, a staple and cultural export of Jamaican culture, has been enjoyed by many across the world. However, little is known on this same scale about the roots of the genre and its role as a form of expression for often marginalised communities in the UK. Many reggae songs offer messages of empowerment, particularly for black people and communities, and critiques of oppressive governments and social norms.
Featuring: Winston Bennett, Ben Bell and Oxman
Terms and Conditions: The Finer Details
Throughout rap history, brand name drops and designated styling teams have been essential to a rapper's success. Being a rapper is now more than just the lyrics you write. You have to look the part as well. This documentary explores the synergy between the music and fashion world. Presenter, April Hamilton, sits down with rapper kadiata and stylist Alizé Demange to explore image in the rap world.
This film was made possible by YouTube Original's Terms and Conditions Film School, celebrating Black history being made; beyond a month, beyond a moment. This year YouTube Original's is spotlighting three incredibly talented up and coming Black filmmakers. Inspired by the drill scene and its ability to transcend borders, watch YouTube Original's film - Terms and Conditions: Deeper Than Drill - on GRM Daily to learn what it means to create on your own terms.
Director - Ronita Awoonor-Gordon
Producer - Zion Roache
Exec Producer - Dijian Eccles, André Reid
Production Company - DMND CLR
DOP - Melissa Cofie
Editor & Post Production: Ollie McCoy
1st AD - Teoman Han
Sound Recordist: Kyle Bernard
Gaffer - Kurtis Justis Bernard
Stills Photographer: Nirah Sanghani
Camera Assistant - Pamela Cofie
Special Thanks to:
Bébé Garçon Clothing
Daily Paper | Future Brand Thinking
Billionaire Boys Club
Lost + Found Studios
Kadiata - Just Because ft. Shamiya Battles [Prod. by Flamin Beatz]
Director - Ronita
Producer - Teoman Han
Exec Producer - Ashleigh Jadee
Production Company - Dynasty Entertainment
DOP - David Witchell
Gaffer - Beau Wilkinson
1st AD - Poonam Chauhan
Stylist - Janice Mahenge
Editor - Nomad
Colour Grader - Desmond Dakura
Title Card - Poonam Chauhan
Management - The Lone Wolf Group, SNM Management
Jords - Childish
I directed and produced this music video for Jords, my debut music video
Exec Producer: Ashleigh Jadee
Production Company: Dynasty Entertainment
DOP/Editor: Abu Dumbuya
1st AD: Marnz Brown
Drone Op/Runner: Svet Urlachki
Director’s Assistant: Poonam Chauhan
BTS: Michelle Kalil
BTS Video: Lauren Mccollin
Management: The Lone Wolf Group
SeeAbility - Robert's Story
I shot SeeAbility's Summer Appeal telling the story of Robert who was supported by the charity after being diagnosed with Junior Batten's Disease. I also edited the full length version of the film
VIP Unlocked The Carmel Show
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I directed this studio talk show, assisted with editing and made key creative decisions
GRWM: The Docuseries
GRWM is my first documentary series that explores our relationships with fashion, beauty and styling. The decisions we make each time we get ready tell stories about who we are, our pasts and our futures
'GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM...' - A VERY SHORT DOC
I started Talks with Ronita’s World to keep creative during this lockdown period. I am very passionate about social issues and use my creativity to explore, learn more and teach others about it. A few weeks, in response to the response to BLM protests, I asked my followers a series of questions about home. There is a notion amongst some that if you critique systems where you live, you should leave. It is clear that home means different things to different people. However, you shouldn’t have to deal with racism and other forms of oppression to call a place your home. Due to lockdown, my resources were limited and I couldn’t film/explore the topic as much I would have liked. For now, this is what I and my followers has to say, hope you find this interesting...
Let Me In
Growing up, we all had hopes and dreams. Society tells us to work hard to achieve them but what happens when you work hard and are still told no? This is the reality for young migrants when trying to go to university in the UK. Let Me In is a multimedia project that tells the stories of young individuals fighting for their right to be educated and the people who help them.