As Civil Rights activists, Maureen and her husband Kenneth were no strangers to racial injustices and traumatic experiences during their fight for equal rights. To cope with what they’ve encountered, Maureen spends her time in her favorite place of peace, the riverbank. It is here that Maureen bonds with her granddaughter Tyna, sharing stories about her past.
Now 20 years old, Tyna has become a freedom fighter in her own right, tackling inequalities and discrimination occurring on her college campus. When Tyna decides to take her activism outside the proposed safe boundaries of school, Maureen fears for her granddaughter’s safety, and ultimately her sanity.
“Riverment” is a compelling short film that explores the evolving fight for Black rights in America and how it affects family through generations. Focusing on the dynamic relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter, this film centers women and showcases how women have always been, and will continue to be, in the forefront of the movement. The film is set present day during the brink of a new age revolution against police brutality.
The goal of this film is to showcase an unbiased dialogue from both parties while promoting solidarity between the different generations. We believe that by achieving solidarity, we can strengthen and grow support of the movement and bring concrete results that will benefit future generations.