If I Could Name You Myself (I Would Hold You Forever)

  • United Kingdom
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Cotton is a plant with connotations that far surpass its delicate white flowers, bringing to mind issues of enforced labour, of exploitation and of colonialism. Yet the very crop for which creole women were forced into labour, offered a form of herbal resistance: cotton root bark could be used as birth control. Herbal knowledge carefully gathered and held, was used amongst the women to defy a lineage of servitude. Beneath the inherent violence of the slave economic system, we find quiet resistance and moments of deep, loving rebellion.


  • Original Title
    If I Could Name You Myself (I Would Hold You Forever)
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Hope Strickland
  • Editing
    Hope Strickland
  • Sound
    Raheel Khan
  • Runtime
    8 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United Kingdom
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
      • Jessica El Mal
      • United Kingdom
  • Festivals
    • Korean International Ethnographic Film Festival, Seoul
    • New York Film Festival, USA
    • Ann Arbor Film Festival
    • Essex DocFest, UK
    • Margate Film Festival, Margate, UK
    • Third Horizon Film Festival, Miami, Florida
    • Experiments in Cinema, Alberqueque, New Mexico
    • Winnipeg Underground Film Festival
    • Canada; Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival
    • Images Festival, Toronto, Canada
    • Braziers International Film Festival
    • Queer City Cinema, Regina, Canada

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