About the Film

We need to tell our own stories.

 “If you truly want to learn about America, talk to Black women.” – Trevor Noah

Listen to Me is the story of four women who stand on the front lines of the Black maternal health struggle while walking the delicate tightrope of racism and birth in the United States. This is a film about heartbreak, survival, healing and rebirth. Beyond dismal statistics, Listen to Me centers the voices and spirit of Black women.

 

“Black women are expected to be superhuman – to work harder, be smarter, and accomplish more than anyone else – but the toll that takes on our health and wellbeing is too often ignored.” – Tarana Burke

Kanika

The One who survives

Shalon 

The One we lost

Ebony

The One Who is finding her way 

MAMA KATT

The One WHO SHOWS US THE WAY

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Stephanie Etienne
Co-director

Stephanie Etienne, CNM, MPH is a forever New Yorker of Haitian descent. She is a midwife and herbalist. She is a co-founder of the Bloom Collective, a perinatal wellness space in Baltimore, MD. She serves on the boards of several organizations dedicated to birth justice in the US and Haiti. Her favorite title is mama to 3 amazing human beings. Listen to Me is her first film.

Kanika Harris
Co-Director

Kanika Harris, PhD, MPH is a Health Behavioral Scientist based in the Washington, DC area. Kanika Harris is a mother, doula, and a near-miss survivor of a traumatic birth experience. Dr. Harris is the Director of Maternal Health and Child Health at the Black Women’s Health Imperative. She also serves as a public health expert for the DC Mayor’s Lactation Commission. Kanika’s work broadly focuses on health equity, maternal health and women’s health. Listen to Me is her first film.

Chassidy Jade
EDITOR

Chassidy Jade is an established film editor, producer, and indie director with over 10 years experience. After orchestrating the NBA 2020 season as their first senior editor of color, she worked under Parallax Post LA for Everything Everywhere All At Once and other indie projects. Other Recent work includes: Creed 3, Dear Mama, and Savage Fenty.

Mishka Brown
PRODUCER

Mishka Brown is an independent film producer whose work spans documentaries and narrative features and short form pieces. Recent projects include Unfinished Business, a documentary about the first 25 years of the WNBA that premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2022 and She Paradise, a coming of age film shot in Trinidad which premiered at AFI Film Festival in 2021 and is distributed by Goldwyn Films.

LaTonya Joyce
PRODUCER

LaTonya Joyce is a versatile and accomplished filmmaker renowned for her expertise as Producer at Six Point Pictures. LaTonya’s freelance work on esteemed film and television sets, including collaborations with HBO, Netflix, PBS, Buzzfeed and Apple Music, showcase her exceptional skills and commitment to the art of filmmaking.

Safidi Tyehimba
Producer

Safidi Tyehimba discovered her love of film at a young age while attending a major film premiere with her parents. A graduate of Temple University’s film program, Safidi has produced films that have won awards at Cannes, UrbanWorld, Blackstar, and a host of other festivals. She has also directed music videos that aired on major networks.

Aisha Jama
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Aisha Jama is a writer, director and film programmer that is dedicated to creating responsible images and amplifying stories that examine our interiority. Her first micro-short film, Neefso, was awarded the 2019 Islamic Scholarship Fund Film Grant.

Bradford Young
executive Producer

Bradford Young, ASC is an award-winning filmmaker. He was the first African-American cinematographer to be nominated for an Academy Award for the film Arrival by Denis Villeneuve in 2017. His work includes Solo: A Star Wars Story directed by Ron Howard as well as Selma and When They See Us by Ava Duvernay.

 

Nefertite Nguvu
executive producer

Nefertite Nguvu’s debut feature film In the Morning won the Audience Award at the Urban World Film Festival in New York. It won Best International Film at the Terra Di Siena Film Festival in Italy, Best Feature Film at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia, and Best Feature Film and Best Overall at the Bronzelens Film Festival in Atlanta.

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Listen to Me is a documentary film project by co-directors, Stephanie Etienne and Kanika Harris. The film has received support from Black Women and Girls Fund, Black Public Media’s Incubator 360+ and PitchBLACK, Fork Films, Orchid Capital Collective and Fund II Foundation.