3 iconic revolutionaries
share their herstories of inspiration
empowering generations to live their truth
To Move Mountains is a documentary film that highlights the lives of Nina Angela Mercer, dequi kioni sadiki and Chanel Porchia- Albert. The film aims to faithfully capture the work and lives of these important cultural organizers for liberation. It highlights each woman's connection to personal power, the land and the communities and lives that they impact.
NINA ANGELA MERCER
Nina Angela Mercer is a cultural worker. Her plays include GUTTA BEAUTIFUL; RACING MY GIRL, SALLY; ITAGUA MEJI: A Road & A Prayer; GYPSY & THE BULLY DOOR; and MOTHER WIT & WATER BORN, a trilogy, including the play she is currently developing, BETWEEN WHISPERED BLOOD-LINES. Her work has been shared at the Warehouse Theatre, The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company for DC’s Fringe Festival, Rutgers University-Newark and New Brunswick, Wings Theatre, Brecht Forum, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre, The Nuyorican Poets’ Café, Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, Dumbo Sky, and The Little Carib Theatre. Her writing is published in The Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Black Renaissance Noire, Voices Magazine #SayHerName Edition, and Continuum: The Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre, and Performance. She has performed in collaboration with Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, Angela’s Pulse, BWA for BLM, and others. She is a co-founder and co-director of Ocean Ana Rising - www.oarinc.org, a non-profit arts education organization dedicated to incubating theatre, performance art and film projects by, for, and about women of color, as well as facilitating arts outreach workshops for communities in need. Nina holds an undergraduate degree from Howard University, and a MFA from American University. She has taught at American University, University of Maryland, Howard University, and Medgar Evers College. She is currently a doctoral fellow of Theatre and Performance at The Graduate Center-CUNY. She teaches at Brooklyn College. Through her work at the intersection of art, social justice, and education, Nina advocates for survivors of the culture of violence, reproductive justice, literacy, and civic engagement through cultural expression. She is also an Ifa practitioner, and an initiate in Palo Mayombe, serving community as Yayi Nkisi Malongo and artist-healer. Nina is ever seeking, doing the internal work to better live in relationship to the world, growing, stretching, becoming.Nina is the proud mother of two daughters, Aya Imani and Raisa Selam. Find updates about Nina’s work at windowsdoorsclosetsanddrawers.blogspot.com.
dequi kioni sadiki
déqui kioni-sadiki is a Black feminist, artist, educator for Liberation, human rights activist, poet, wife, Mother and Grandmother. She is a member of the National Council of Incarcerated & Formerly Incarcerated Girls & Women, chair of the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, member of the Northeast Political Prisoner Coalition and the New York City chapter of the Jericho Movement for Amnesty Recognition of u.s. Political Prisoners & Prisoners of War (PPOWs), former member of the Black Panther Collective and co-coordinator of the Sekou Odinga Defense Committee, named for her husband and former Black Panther Party/Black Liberation Army POW. déqui currently serves as a life-skills counselor working with New York City high school students, and has taught in the Freshman Year Program at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York. She is co-host/co-producer of the weekly public affairs show, Where We Live, on listener-sponsored WBAI-NY radio focusing on the issues of political/mass imprisonment, families and survivors of police terror and murder, repressive legislation, Puerto Rico and other grassroots organizing. She is co-editor of the recently published "Look For Me in the Whirlwind: From the Panther 21 to 21st Century Revolutions." Her essays and articles have been published in the New York Amsterdam News, the Journal of Socialism & Democracy and the Huffington Post. déqui subscribes to the belief held by feminist writer, June Jordan that "we are the ones we been waiting for" to end the tidal wave of state violence, injustice, oppression and terror that is crushing the lives of poor and working-class people around the globe.
Chanel L. Porchia-Albert is the Founder and Executive Director of Ancient Song Doula Services. She is an activist, mother, speaker, certified labor & postpartum doula, certified lactation counselor, vegan chef, and certified holistic health counselor specializing in high risk mothers, multiples, survivors of sexual trauma and domestic violence. Her doula work includes serving familes with multiple needs including but not limted to: adoption, LGBTQP Families, special needs babies, relinquishing mothers, surrogacy, waterbirth, cesarean birth, bed rest, home birth, induced and high medical technology labor & birth, bereavement (pregnancy & infant loss), miscarriage support (before, during or after),postpartum support, prematurity, stillbirth support, single parents support, addiction recovery, parenting consulting, assistance for special needs babies, education for healthy relationships/ prevention of intimate partner violence. Chanel is the mother of six beautiful children. She is also the co-trainer for Ancient Song Doula Services trainings. She has spoken at numerous colleges, conferences and continually rallied for women's issues. "I believe every woman has an "Ancient Song" and I am here to assist her with the keys she needs to sing."