Four black Yoga Masters share intimate accounts of radical transformation and triumph via the revolutionary medium of yoga. We reveal how this ancient practice miraculously changed the trajectory of their lives during the civil rights era, while also delving into their current efforts to integrate yoga into the black community.
In the documentary film, "black yogi.", we chronicle the transformation of four outstanding Yoga Masters who've miraculously catapulted themselves from grim unwanted circumstance, into a world of enlightenment. Longstanding legends, our yogis began this ancient practice during the height of the civil rights movement and continue to instill the teachings worldwide, to arm the black community with tools of evolution, healing, and empowerment.
In today's anarchical climate, where racial injustice very much mirrors the monstrosities of the Civil Rights Era, our yoga masters detail their personal methodologies of transformation. They also provide real, raw accounts of facing and overcoming their own personal demons.
Krishna Kaur left Hollywood at the peak of her career following a controversial film role and a deep depression. She later went on to become a Kundalini yoga master.
Dr. Gail Parker, now a trail-blazer integrating yoga into western medicine to heal race-based trauma, vows yoga saved her life, empowering her to flee her abusive marriage.
Yirser Ra Hotep made a b line for Kemetic/ Egyptian yoga after being rejected from the Black Panthers and renouncing the use of psychedelics. He later becomes a yoga master.
Purusha Hickson was seeking answers he hadn't found at marches and rallies and miraculously encountered musician/guru, Alice Coltrane, later becoming her greatest devotee and a master himself.
Spliced with musical yoga montages of the most noteworthy black yogis of today, "black yogi.", is a radical, compelling, sensory experience where we are urged to start where it all began--the breath.
There has been limited cinematic exposure or presence as it pertains to subjects of spirituality, evolution, and transformation via the black lens. I wanted to create a multi-dimensional, sensory experience that would rock the consciousness of the viewer, compelling them to take action as it pertains to their own healing.
Director Kamillah Amirah Bryant
Kamillah Amirah Bryant is a Philadelphia native with a powerful vision and a refreshingly unique point of view. As a child, she relished being transported to other dimensions through the vehicles of music, television, and film. After being introduced to the art of video editing, she finally felt equipped with a language and tools to produce her very own compelling body of work. Toting over a decade of experience in the production sector, she began her career as a Production Manager at Viacom and moved on to freelance producing /editing for companies like The Wing, AfroPunk, CNN, Refinery 29, Complex & YouTube to name a few.
In 2016, she tackled her directorial aspirations, spearheading her very her own documentary, “black yogi.”, which she currently continues to develop.
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