ABOUT THIS EPISODE
The Face Of Darkness is a documentary that chronicles three African American men during their battle with depression as well as their struggle to overcome it and not be overtaken by it. The film’s objective is to raise awareness of depression in African American males, the detriment of not addressing it, as well as the benefits of treatment. We hope that by exposing the illness in an artistic fashion, the African American community will not only be enlightened, but they will learn how to recognize and seek help for themselves or loved ones. During this episode of Soul Kisses TV, host Tamala Baldwin talks about mental illness within the black community and how to break the stigmas, along with a candid conversation about how Depression manifested in the producers personal lives.
Squeaky Moore says, “most recently, I learned a friend of mine had been thinking suicidal thoughts. The last few weeks have been spent seeking the right mental health specialist for him to talk to, keeping my phone lines open for instant communication, sending scriptures, uplifting texts, helping him to put action plans in place when he felt overwhelmed with thoughts, constant prayer, and yes, worry.
As a filmmaker, my objective has always been to create bodies of work that explore current social issues specifically in the African American community that will envoke discussion for the greater good and provide and outlet for issues that are plaguing African Americans.
My objective for Face of Darkness is to present the world with a fresh, unrepentant perspective from an authentic, creative and educational view-point. I want to highlight stories told throught truth, addressing perplexing relationships and the impact they have on the people closest to them.
I am ultimately hoping to uplift and empower the African American community by highlighting the stories of these men and that affect the hearts of every day people like them; like my brother-in-law. I hope this helps.”
KT Nelson says, “as an African American male, I was taught that a man could not express his feelings and to never to cry. There is a stigma in my community that prevents males from sharing emotions, hugging or admitting that we are afraid. Depression runs deep within the African American male community and has become a plaque that is causing so much suffering, even death.
My motivation for this project stemmed directly from my experience with depression and grieving for a close friend, Lee Thompson Young, who committed suicide due to his depression.
My objective for this documentary is to shine a light from the African American male perspective. However, I hope this light shines on depression in its entirety. I hope to start a conversation that will build momentum behind a movement that is already happening, and allow the healing to begin.”
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Credit Where Credit Is Due
Host and Producer: Tamala Baldwin
Camera and Sound: Keana Monroy-Gill
Editor: Kat Perez
Co-Producer: Nehcole Felix
Music: Walter “iamBMOC” Tucker
Music: Young Roc
Music: Stephen Payne
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