THIS BODY Spotlight on the Hindsight Project


World Premiere

Following the screening, watch a special conversation with Amman Abbasi (UDAAN), Arleen Cruz (FOOD FOR THE POOR), Dilsey Davis (NOW LET US SING), Anissa Latham (MISSING MAGIC), Zac Manuel (THIS BODY), Kiyoko McCrae (WE STAY IN THE HOUSE) moderated by AFI Festivals Senior Programmer Ken Jacobson.

THIS BODY explores the fraught relationship between African Americans and the medical industry. As Sydney Hall participates in an experimental coronavirus vaccine trial in hopes of protecting her beloved New Orleans community, she and her loved ones confront the history of medical abuse and experimentation on Black bodies.

Continue the conversation on DOCS Connect with filmmakers and audience members, here.

Zac Manuel is an award–winning, New Orleans bred-and-based filmmaker, and the son of a touring jazz musician and a community builder at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. His film work explores intimacy, Black masculinity, class, identity and inheritance.

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Country: USA

Year: 2021

Director: Zac Manuel

Producer: Lauren Cargo

Executive Producers: Stanley Nelson, Loira Limbal, Marcia Smith

Director of Photography: Zac Manuel

Editor: Zac Maniel

Music: Max Moran

Featuring: Sydney Hall, Kierra Coleman, Barbara Ducre, Michelle Gardner

Running Time (minutes): 14

Language: English

Accessibility: Closed Captions Available