New Documentary Explores Women Being Both African And American

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 10/06/2015 | 11:30 AM EDT

'Am I?' examines divide between two cultures, stars Issa Rae

A new documentary titled "Am I?" is exploring what it means to be both African and American, and the difficulty in navigating the two spaces.

Interviewing women of African descent in media, the doc highlights issues that divide Africans and Black Americans in the United States, as well as internalized prejudices. 

"It's a fine line. You have to get your identity together. You've got to be able to be a chameleon sometimes, be in both places," says Sierra Leonean-American Mariama Jalloh-Heyward in the film's trailer.

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The doc also features "Awkward Black Girl" creator and writer Issa Rae, who is half Senegalese.


In the trailer, Rae touches on being called white and not quite fitting in with either side.

"When you're told that you speak white or that the things you like are white...Black kids and African kids are shunning you," she says.

That is just a few of the topics the documentary examines. "Am I?" is touring the east coast in a series of pop-up screenings this month. 


Watch the trailer below. 


(Photo: Nadia Sasso)

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