IN NERO -BLACK GIRLS IN ROME DIR: JAMES MAIKI/SARA SHAMSAVARI
In Nero: Black Girls in Rome is a portraiture project and film based on Dr. Tamara Pizzoli's forthcoming web series by the same name. The film and portraiture project features the work of artist Sara Shamsavari and is the third collaboration between Shamsavari and director James Maiki. In Nero is a documentation and celebration of Black women in Rome, who have been ever-present since before Cleopatra sailed down the Tiber river bearing jewels, incense and reigning with her presence alone. They are here now thriving, working, creating and building and yet their presence and contributions may not always be seen, acknowledged, welcomed or truly understood. This film shares the voices and perspectives of some of these phenomenal women first hand.