I, Destini

  • New Media
  • Spatial Planning

Developed through a series of creative workshops with a family’s youngest member, I, Destini is an animated film that explores the poignant and imaginative illustration of a youth’s perspective on the effects of having an incarcerated loved one. The film took three years to complete and appeared in a court of law as part of her brother’s trial. The result of her brother’s trial was a unanimous “not-guilty” verdict. The film was also used as a part of broader community activism, an effort which helped support the resignation of Durham, North Carolina’s police chief, whose police department was notorious for racial profiling.

Watch and read more about I, Destini at the New York Times and Short of the Week.

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New York Times Op-Docs

Palm Springs International Short Film Festival - Best Short Documentary

Indie Grits Film Festival - Winner Filmmakers Fellow Award

Chicago International Film Festival - Special Recognition

Aspen ShortsFest - Special Recognition; Co-premier

59th Cine Awards - Nomination Best Short Doc

Festival International du Film PanAfricain de Cannes

Festival de Cannes - Short Film Corner

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - Co-premier

Selected Screenings


Athena Film Festival

Athens International Film Festival

Beacon International Film Festival

Black Harvest Film Festival

Cleveland International Film Festival

Cucalorus Film Festival

Cucalorus Film Festival

DOK Leipzig

DOXA Documentary Film Festival

Hsin-Yi Children’s Animation Awards (Taiwan)

Human Rights Film Festival Barcelona, New York and Paris

IndiEarth Animation Film Festival

Linoleum International Contemporary Animation and Media-Art Festival

Cleveland International Film Festival

MIDBO Documental de Bogotá

Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival

St. Louis International Film Festival

Tacoma International Film Festival