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East Coast Premiere

Documentary Feature | USA | 2023 | English | 97 minutes

Directors Petter Ringbom and Marquise Stillwell vividly bring to life the dynamic story of Nellie Mae Rowe, the daughter of a former slave who made brilliant art in obscurity for her entire life, until she met wealthy gallerist Judith Alexander. By mixing traditional documentary techniques with animations and scripted scenes featuring Uzo Aduba (''Orange is the New Black''), Ringbom and Stillwell immerse the viewer in Rowe’s visual world, an imaginative oasis filled with vibrant drawings, dolls, handmade sculptures, and collected objects. Through innovative storytelling and stunning imagery, THIS WORLD IS NOT MY OWN celebrates Rowe’s work while tracing the personal and political events that shaped her life as an outsider artist.


Scheduled to attend: Petter Ringbom, Marquise Stillwell, Ruchi Mital

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