Film Image
black enuf*
2016
Color
23 minutes
US
English
black enuf*
A queer oddball seeks approval from Black peers despite a serious lack of hip-hop credentials and a family that ‘talks white’. Carrie Hawks' quest for a Black Card (undeniable acceptance of my racial identity) takes them from Missouri, to New York, and halfway around the world.

In this animated documentary, the filmmaker examines the expanding Black identity through a personal journey. The film interweaves stories from their great-grandmother’s autobiography, interviews of family & friends, and their hand-drawn memories. Tongue-and-cheek humor makes such a heavy topic easier to digest. The visuals mix Monty Python style cut outs, infographics, watercolor, and a variety of illustrative styles.
Filmmaker Carrie Hawks is available for speaking engagements. Write blackenuf.film [ @ ] gmail.com for more information.
Reviews
"…recalls the journey for acceptance." - New York Times
"…mixes animation with family interviews and dry humor to explore their lifelong journey to qualify their Blackness and LGBTQ identity." - Colorlines
"It explores their identity and the long, winding journey it took to arrive at a comfortable place with it. Their tongue-in-cheek humor and honesty made this film resonate." - C R Sparrow, Black Girl Nerds
"Carrie Hawks’ fabulous short “black enuf*” mixes hand-drawn animation and interviews with friends and family members. Hawks recounts personal struggle finding irrefutable acceptance in the Black community and in the Queer community. Hawks details their family’s history and genetic make-up, as well as how stereotypes about food, “talking white,” skiing, religion and images from television impact their cultural identification and assimilation." - Gary Kramer, Philadelphia Gay News
Hawks’ new film, black enuf*, is an animated documentary that mines the filmmaker’s personal journey to ask questions about race, including how identifying as queer can complicate the quest to fit into the black community. - Elicia Brown, Barnard Magazine
Awards

• Best Animation, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival
• "Best Women's Short Film (Audience Award)" OUT on Film Festival, Atlanta, GA 2017
• "Best Animation" First City Film Festival, Leavenworth, Kansas, 2018
Screenings
• BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia
• Black Queer Brooklyn on Film, Brooklyn Museum
• Mixed Remixed Festival, Los Angeles
• Scottish Queer International Film Festival, Glasgow
• Out on Film Festival, Atlanta
• Afrikana Film Festival, Richmond, Virginia
• St Louis International Film Festival
• Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival, Brooklyn
• Ann Arbor Film Festival
• Gary International Black Film Festival
• Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival
• CinemAfrica, Sweden
• Animaze, Montreal
• First City Film Festival, Kansas
• Fringe! Queer Arts & Film, London
• Manchester Queer Media, Manchester, UK
• Twist Seattle Queer Film Festival
• Milwaukee LGBT Festival
• The People's Film Festival, Harlem
• MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival, NYC
• Queer Women of Color, San Francisco
• NY Feminist Film Week
• New Voices in Black Cinema, Brooklyn
• Barnard College
• Williams College
• Queens Museum: Set on Freedom Screening
• Brooklyn Museum: Queer Black Brooklyn on Film
• Kemper Museum
• Nelson-Atkins Museum
• Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
• Kiki, Bristol, UK
• Batty Mama, London
• Black Filmmakers Film Festival, Capetown, South Africa
• Queerly Beloved, London
• Verso Books, Brooklyn
• National Black Writer's Conference, Brooklyn
• Kansas City Center for Inclusion
• University of Michigan
• One Struggle KC
• Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
• Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, Colorado Springs
• Squeaky Wheel Film Festival, Buffalo, NY
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