The poet Sonia Sanchez rose to prominence as a figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement, where she raised her voice in the name of black culture, civil rights, and women’s liberation. “Sonia Sanchez not only kicked open the door, she blew off the roof,” says the poet Byronn Bain. To this day, Sanchez is an active artist, and her unique artistic style continues to influence American culture and politics.
This excerpt from the feature-length documentary, BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, features readings and jazz-accompanied performances of Sanchez’s work, as well as appearances by Questlove and Talib Kweli. The full-length version will make its national broadcast premiere on March 8th, 2016 as part of WORLD Channel’s AMERICA REFRAMED series. The film will also be available to stream online following the broadcast. BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez was produced and directed by Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, and Sabrina Schmidt Gordon.