A Film by
Barbara Montgomery
   "Moving People Forward Through the American Past"  
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Directors Statement

As a creative artist of more than 40 years, I have always been concerned with the life course of my people.

In1992, I was introduced to Mitote, a one-act play written by Maisha Baton, Ph.D, who was then teaching at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Because of it’s historic significance the story stayed with me; pulling on my sense of self as an African-American woman with the need to go deeper into the past, and bring it’s messages to the present for all to experience.

That sense of me, unspoken, not written, full of question and somewhat dark and troubling has kept Mitote close to my heart and spirit: my soul. I strongly feel the light of transition is in the last third of the 19th Century. It was then that the foundation of a new civilization was laid and real tenets of equality tested in the American homeland.