Discovery’s OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is expanding its unscripted programming slate with the acquisition of (In)Visible Portraits from first-time director Oge Egbuonu.
Nearly three years in the making, the film will serve as a “powerful celebration” of Black women who will share their individual stories of struggle and resilience.
According to the network, (In)Visible Portraits aims to shatter “the invisible otherizing of Black women in America” through their own words. In addition, the project seeks to share how society got to this moment in time while celebrating the exceptional Black women igniting hope for the next generation.
The film, which serves as an ‘OWN Spotlight’ special presentation, is described by Egbuonu as a “love letter to Black women and a re-education for everyone else.”
“As a Black woman, I have been told all my life the things that I cannot do and why it has been impossible for people who look like me to live full, unapologetic and authentic lives,” said Egbuonu in a statement. “This film unapologetically affirms Black women and offers a poetic invitation that says I see you, I hear you and you matter. This documentary speaks to the times and my unshakable belief that healing begins when voices are heard, so I could not be more grateful for the enthusiastic support from OWN and their passion to share this with their audience.”
The one-off special is executive produced by Egbuonu and Michael Meyer.
OWN Spotlight: (In)Visible Portraits will premiere across the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in 2021.
“Oge’s artistry and visionary storytelling in this beautiful film will deeply resonate with our viewers,” added OWN president Tina Perry. “I am so proud to showcase its important message which so perfectly aligns with OWN’s commitment for Black women to see themselves and their lives reflected and celebrated in our programming.”
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