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94 minutes, 2006,  
Producer/ Director: Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Co-Producers: Tamara L. Xavier, Gail M. Lloyd
Associate Producers: Joan W. Brannon, Wadia L. Gardiner, Salamishah Tillet, Amadee Braxton
Editor: Sharon M. Mullally
Photo Credit ©Scheherazade Tillet
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NO! Confronting Sexual Assault in Our Communities is a documentary film about the impact of sexual violence on Black women and girls. As the incidents of violence and sexual assault continue on campuses and in communities across the country, this film can be used to support both women and men, regardless of race, as they learn to navigate the challenging terrain of sexuality --without violence. Created by an award-winning producer to shed light on the challenges and solutions to sexual assault in African American communities, NO! artfully combines socio-historical inquiry with messages from violence prevention advocates and first person testimonial from survivors. This film is the one tool you need to help students of all colors understand the complex dynamics of sexual assault.

Major funding provided by the Ford Foundation.

NO! Confronting Sexual Assault in Our Communities :
  • Features national violence prevention leaders who help viewers question their assumptions about negotiating sexual relations and personal accountability.

  • Unprecedented focus on African Americans ensures inclusiveness for diversity programs and meets the special needs of communities of color. Use it for all audiences to unveil compassionate thinking and spark dialog.

  • Media literacy frameworks offer dramatic reflection on found footage from music videos and popular film clips.

  • Interviews and testimonial with survivors of assault typify the continuum of nonconsensual activity, and humanize the impact of violence.

  • Spoken word poets and cultural arts are included to lead viewers beyond trauma to healing resources.

  • Insightful analysis from sociologists, historians, and leading scholars in Womenís studies, African American studies, and cultural studies make the program complex, thoughtful, and interdisciplinary.

  • Archival footage contextualizes historical changes in gender relations and documents American social movements impacting women and girls.

    Featuring Violence Prevention Experts...
  • John T. Dickerson, Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center
  • Rev. Traci West, Ph.D., author, Wounds of the Spirit
  • Loretta Ross, former Director, Washington, D. C. Rape Crisis Center
  • Salamishah and Scheherazade Tillet, Founders, A Long Walk Home
  • Ulester Douglas and Sulaiman Nuriddin, Men Stopping Violence
  • Charlotte Pierce-Baker, Ph.D., author, Surviving the Silence
  • Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Ph.D., Former SNCC Activist & Islamic Scholar

    Featuring Noted Scholars:
  • Johnnetta B. Cole, President, Bennett College for Women
  • Farah Jasmine Griffin, African American Studies, Columbia University
  • Adrienne Davis, School of Law, University of North Carolina
  • Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Womenís Studies, Spelman College
  • Aaronette M. White, African American and Womenís Studies, Pennsylvania State University

    Chapter Listing
    1. Introduction and Devastation of Date Rape
    2. Weapon of History: Slavery, Freedom and Sexploitation
    3. Survivors Silenced (Who Is A Race Traitor?)
    4. Civil Rights and Wrongs
    5. Raping the Next Generation (Impact on Girls)
    6. Holding Men Accountable: Campus, Clergy and Community
    7. Unequal Justice Under the Law
    8.Faith, Hope & Healing

    About the Producer
    Aishah Shahidah Simmons is an award-winning African-American feminist documentary filmmaker and television producer based in Philadelphia, PA. She founded a multimedia arts company committed to using the moving image to counteract racism, sexism, homophobia, and classism, with a particular emphasis on empowering Black women and girls.

    Complete Chapter Index for NO!
    Simmons speaks up about Duke University rape case
    NO! Producerís Website

    Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network
    The National Domestic Violence Hotline
    National Sexual Violence Resource Center
    A Long Walk Home: Healing Programs and Services
    An online facilitator guide is available for this title.
    "If the Black community in the Americas and in the world would save itself, it must complete the work this film begins."
    Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author
    "This ground-breaking work creates needed space to debate the issue of how violence against women harms Black women and those who love them."
    Patricia Hill Collins, University of Maryland
    "Speaking truth to power" was often solely reserved for Black men, especially when Black men themselves were the subject of scrutiny. Filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons dares to "speak truth to power" with the emphatic power that the very exclamation NO! is intended to convey."
    Mark Anthony Neal, Duke University
    "We owe it to ourselves and to future generations not to turn our backs on this film. For in ignoring this film we would once again be ignoring the voices of women."
    Kevin Powell, author, Who's Gonna Take the Weight? Manhood, Race and Power in America
    "Heartbreaking, personal and ultimately empowering. NO! reaffirms the power of a Black woman's truth."
    Joan Morgan, author, When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost
    "With the eye of a poet and the rigor of a sociologist, Aishah Shahidah Simmons exposes an ugly reality of sexual violence. This is cinematic activism at its finest, as it is both a call to action and an expertly constructed documentary."
    Gerald Horne, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    "This DVD helps raise awareness about sexual assault and violence. Especially useful for counselors working with high-school and college students facing similar pressures and situations."


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