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The Hand that Rocks the Camera Rules the World

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
September 27-28, 2019

Our critically acclaimed Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival showcases high-quality film screenings featuring award-winning films by or about Black and Brown girls and women around the world. We are the first woman of color centered film festival in the state of Michigan.  Over 5,000 people have attended or participated in DWC, Inc. film programs, presentations, and festivals since 2004.  Our intergenerational diverse audiences include all racial, ethnic, spiritual, and economic backgrounds from Michigan, throughout the United States, and Canada. 

Executive Producer: Thandie Newton
Directed by: Amanda Kopp & Aaron Kopp
77 minutes | Animation|
October 10, 2018

A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. This animated African tale is born in the imaginations of five orphaned children in Swaziland who collaborate to tell a story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character’s journey is interwoven with poetic and observational documentary scenes to create a genre-defying celebration of collective storytelling. Awards: Grand Jury Award Best Documentary - LA Film Festival; Jury Award for Artistic Bravery - Durban International Film Festival


The Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival will open with the film PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls In Schools on opening night on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.   Followed by a panel on the adultification of Black girls, the school to prison pipeline and its impact on Black and Brown girls. 

Detroit Premiere followed by a panel featuring local and national activists. 


SHIELD is premiering at the Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival on Saturday, September 28th.  There will be an interview with director, Danielle Eliska Lyle following the feature.

Join us for a conversation with filmmaker Danielle Eliska after the premiere of her short SHIELD.  


Shield director and Detroit native, Danielle Eliska Lyle is the founder and COC of MERAKI society, a multimedia production house committed to telling stories about powerful women, the Black Diaspora and Black Culture.





The Detroit Women of Color, Inc. will provide transportation and special programming for seventy-five low-income high school-aged girls of color in Metro Detroit with limited exposure to cultural programming reflecting them to attend the Fourth Annual Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival. The DWC, Inc. is committed to providing opportunity, training, and support for Black and Brown girls in Metro Detroit to break through the barriers of oppression to acknowledge the leadership, beauty, and voices of girls and women of color.


Benefits of Volunteering:

• Unique and exciting work environment
• Flexible hours
• Opportunity to share special skills and talents
• Community Service hours
• Service learning credits for school

• Free membership to DWC, Inc.

Be a part of the first girl and women centered film festival in Michigan!



The Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival is a success because of the support of the community. We need pages to list all the wonderful people and business who have assisted us. We sincerely thank you for your kindness, patience, and generosity.

This project is funded in part by Michigan Humanities,an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.