You Can’t Stop Spirit

Directed By: Vashni Korin ⎥ USA⎥ 2021 ⎥ 15m 37s

The New Orleans Baby Doll maskers are a pivotal yet overshadowed tradition of Black Mardi Gras that stems from Storyville, the former vice district in New Orleans, in the early 19th century. Baby Dolls of the Mardi Gras tradition paint a full picture of masking culture and how it operates as a vehicle for women to redefine notions of gender, sexual identity and freedom.

About the Director:

Vashni Korin is a Caribbean-American Director from New York. She is best known for her dream-like music video direction and documentary work on various aspects of womanhood, tradition and spirit of the diaspora. Her directorial debut on the Baby Dolls of New Orleans explores themes of identity, sexual liberation and freedom. She’s worked alongside Lizzo as a cinematographer for her upcoming documentary and is a producer on Black History in Two Minutes with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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