Raina's Not Here (2016 Grantee)



Raina's Not Here presents a series of vignettes showing Raina, a young black American, as she travels to Ghana. Raina is compelled to travel there after discovering a podcast by a Ghanaian artist. The film is bookended by scenes set in Chicago, contrasting her ordinary life to her time spent abroad. Raina’s journey is fraught with her own misconceptions of Africa, false ideas about the nature of transformation, and ultimately her struggles with her own identity.


Raina's Not Here presents a complex character of color whose story evolves in a realistic manner. This is not a story of transformation, it’s a story about transformation.