Shantrelle P. Lewis "In Our Mothers' Gardens" (Image by Rog Walker)
Shantrelle P. Lewis “In Our Mothers’ Gardens” (Image by Rog Walker)

The award winning documentary In Our Mothers’ Gardens, the feature film debut of director, curator and author Shantrelle P. Lewis, is being released in select cities and on Netflix beginning Thursday, May 6. The documentary film had its world premiere at the 2020 BlackStar Film Festival, winning the Shine Award for Best Film.

In Our Mothers’ Gardens celebrates the strength and resiliency of Black women and Black families through the complex, and often times humorous, relationship between mothers and daughters. The film pays homage to Black maternal ancestors while examining the immediate and critical importance of self-care, and the healing tools necessary for Black communities to thrive.

Featured interviews include: #MeToo founder Tarana Burke; The Roots and Chris Rock tour manager Tina Farris; cultural critic Dr. Brittney Cooper of Rutgers University; Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames of Princeton University; holistic lifestyle maven Latham Thomas; photographer Adama Delphine Fawundu and NPR’s Senior Director for Programming Yolanda Sangweni.

Watch the trailer for Our Mothers’ Gardens documentary.

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