Naima is an interdisciplinary artist from Brooklyn, New York.
She makes movement with body, word, image, silence, sound, and technology, that tell stories of transformation and understated bravery. Her stories stem from true events, incorporate magical realism, and seek to render psycho-spiritual realities we can not see alongside the mundanities and banal brutality of everyday life.
Her first short, AND NOTHING HAPPENED, explores the psychological aftermath of sexualized violence and premiered at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival. It also screened at the L.A. Film Festival, BAMcinemafest, Blackstar Film Festival, Rooftop Films, Urbanworld, Tacoma Film Festival (where it won Best Director), CinemAfrica, Athena Film Festival to name a few.
Currently, Naima is in pre-production for her second short film PIU PIU, slated to shoot Spring 2017. She's an Artist-in-Residency at Reel Works Teen Filmmaking where she teaches a Narrative Lab.
Occasionally she collaborates and contributes performances, choreography, score, editing, and direction for a myriad of fellow artists.
Naima trained at the following institutions: The Alvin Ailey School for Dance, The Barrow Group for Acting, Howard University and Brooklyn College (CUNY) where she holds a B.A. in Journalism. Some of her writing can be found in no particular order, on Colorlines, Saint Heron, Postbourgie, The Nation, and Huffington Post to name a few.
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