Choreographer and activist Adia Whitaker has young children to protect. Too many sons and daughters from her community have been harmed by police brutality. Frustrated by how fleeting both media coverage and public attention to police injustice can be, Adia creates a performance piece designed to engage people in a new way, using her lyrics to teach children how to stay safe during encounters with police. The dance company’s powerful music and visceral movements, rooted in traditional African folklore, are captured in environments ranging from tight rehearsal spaces to busy street corners. Intimate moments between Adia and her children connect the artist’s life with her creative process.  Rehearsals are no longer just about preparing work for the stage; they are a call to action, a form of resistance and a way to connect with the community while passing lessons of strength on to Adia’s children.

USA, Poland
Beata Calinska, Sarah Jacobson
Tracie Williams
Beata Calinska, Sarah Jacobson

Beata Calinska »

documentary filmmaker and researcher. She creates projects merging various fields and forms. Her documentary films were screened at international festivals and showcases in Poland, Germany, Austria, Greece, Slovakia, Switzerland, Cyprus, USA, Argentina, India, and China. Her documentary debut The Conductor, co-produced by Goethe-Institut was awarded first prize at the international film competition, Crossing Boundaries.

Sarah Jacobson »

is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker. She was a 2016 fellow at the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio and has worked on a number of projects in non-fiction media, from Vimeo Staff Pick shorts to an Emmy Award-winning feature documentary. Her film, Have No Fear, premiered at Visions du Reel in Switzerland in 2017. Sarah received her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University.