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

Produced by Barbara Montgomery Mitote is a screenplay adaptation of an original, ‘one act’, historically based drama written by Maisha Baton, Ph.D., that tells the story of three African American women, Miss Yolonda, Miss Kate and Miss Ruth. Through the casual dialogue in their backyard setting, circa 1900 New Mexico, we are given a personal recounting of African Americans in New Mexico’s history. Each woman has a story to tell and each story is based on a different, unique historical incident.

The screenplay interweaves the chronicle of Estabanico, the Spanish Moor who while exploring the New World with Cabeza de Baca, became the first non-indigenous person to inhabit what is currently New Mexico and Arizona, with the oral history of post slavery ‘exodusters’ making their way from the war ravaged South into Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado. Equally fascinating is the third dramatic cross current that recounts events from the life of an African American woman who served as a scout in the U.S. Cavalry by posing as a man.

Producer-Director, Barbara Montgomery with actors on the set of Mitote