Oge Egbuonu is no stranger to the ongoing healing journey, so it comes as no surprise that her new documentary film, “(In)Visible Portraits,” is all about healing — particularly the spiritual wounds of Black women in America. In the movie, which premieres March 2 on OWN, Black women tell their own stories in their own words.
Through a series of interviews of Black women from across the country, Egbuonu explores the painful truths of Black women’s lives in the United States over the last several hundred years. But while the film delves into the histories of sexual violence, disenfranchisement, and invisibilizing Black women have experienced at the intersection of racism and sexism, it also shines a light on the triumph, the joy, and the beauty of Black womanhood.
The documentary marks the directorial debut of yogi and movie producer Egbuonu, who describes it as a “love letter to Black women,” a space for remembrance and healing. To hear her tell it, working on the film created space for her to heal, too.
In the latest installment of “Getting Through,” Egbuonu discusses the importance of community, navigating heartbreak and the isolation of the pandemic at the same time, and why telling Black women’s stories is more important than ever. I love that you asked that by adding the “really” part. Today has been a good day. Although it has just started, today has been a good day. Last week was not so great.
I think that for me personally, [this time has] been an opportunity for growth or learning how to maintain and sustain my mental health. And so there are some days, and frequently there’s been a week where I’m battling depression. And so, I am on the emotional roller coaster. I’m experiencing the full spectrum of emotions. And today isn’t that day. So I’m grateful for that. But you know, it’s been an experience. I will say that.