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A Powerful Thang
Directed by Zeinabu irene Davis • 1991 • United States
Starring Barbarao, John Earl Jelks, Asma Feyijinmi
This innovative drama, set in Ohio, traces a Black couple’s search for intimacy and friendship. The spirited, African-identified Yasmine (Asma Feyijinmi) is a writer and single mother who has been dating saxophone teacher Craig (John Earl Jelks) for a month. Wishing to end her self-imposed celibacy following her son’s birth, Yasmine has reached a turning point in the relationship—but Craig wants to take it slow. Sage advice from friends and family members remind them, “sex is a powerful thang.” Like her highly acclaimed CYCLES, this short feature from Zeinabu irene Davis incorporates animation as well as Afro-Haitian dance in a rich exploration of the intricacies of love and relationships.