She // Her // Hers
They // Them // Theirs
[ID: Naima poses for a self-portrait with a direct gaze, camera in hand, and wearing an olive green collared shirt.]
2021 USA Fellow
This award was generously supported by the Ford Foundation.
Naima Ramos-Chapman works to tell stories of transformation and understated bravery by rendering the juxtaposition of psycho-spiritual realities we can not see alongside the normalized brutalities “hiding” in everyday life.
Her first short, AND NOTHING HAPPENED, explored the psychological aftermath of a sexual assault and premiered at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival. Her second short, PIU PIU, a meditation on frontier justice and victimhood ontology, premiered at Blackstar Film Festival in 2018. In 2017, she became a Sundance Institute Screenwriter Intensive Fellow. In 2018, she wrote, directed, acted, and edited for the Peabody award-winning Random Acts of Flyness (HBO). In 2020, as part of a multi-media installation produced by Aljazeera Contrast, she wrote and directed STILL HERE, a virtual reality experience about the obstacles black women face who re-enter society after being kidnapped and traumatized by the prison industrial complex. It premiered in the New Frontiers section of the Sundance Film Festival. In 2020, she also co-produced, co-produced, and story edited the TV series Betty (HBO), a coming-of-age story of a diverse group of young women navigating their lives through the predominantly male world of skateboarding.
Naima is currently in the metaphorical woods developing several projects in the docu-narrative hybrid space that center BIPOC femmes taking back their power after surviving hierarchal abuses internalized by the dominant social order of white supremacy and toxic masculinity.
Portrait photo courtesy of the artist.