BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

  • Intermedia Arts 2822 Lyndale Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55408 United States

Twin Cities Film Premiere! 

The Black Documentary Collective, The Givens Foundation for African American Literature and Intermedia Arts Present

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

A new documentary film by Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon


“I want to tell people how I became this woman with razor blades between her teeth.” 

So begins BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, an inspirational filmic portrait of the poet and activist’s life and work. A seminal figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s, Sonia Sanchez has harnessed her gift for words as a champion against racism, sexism and war, fusing art and activism over the past six decades.  As a pioneer of spoken word poetry, her influence on hip-hop is fundamental.

The prodigious Sanchez has been on the front lines of art and activism for 60 years—teaching, writing, performing, protesting.  She was a pioneer of the Black Arts Movement, and fought to establish the first university Black Studies program in the country.

But, her commitment to justice for all people has come at a cost. This film captures the breadth of Sanchez's rich and often unsettled life. This performance-packed film features appearances by Questlove, Talib Kweli, Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni, Ursula Rucker, Ruby Dee, Haki Madhubuti, Imani Uzuri, Bryonn Bain, Jessica Care Moore, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and more.

February 4 | Thursday | 6:30-9:30PM | Free with Film Ticket

Come early to celebrate the Twin Cities premiere of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez with DJ Chamun, J. Otis Powell‽ and Joe Davis. Then, stick around after the film for a post-show discussion facilitated by Cultural Producer-in-Residence and host of the Givens podcast, Black Market Reads, Erin Sharkey.

February 5 | Friday | 7:30PM | Free with Film Ticket

Forget movie trailers - Friday's screening of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez opens with a live poetry reading by local Twin Cities poet Khary Jackson inspired by the life and work of Sonia Sanchez.

February 6 | Saturday | 7:30PM | Free with Film Ticket

Missed the Friday screening and poetry reading? You're in luck! Saturday's screening of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez opens with a live poetry reading by the Twin Cities' own Valérie Déus, inspired by the life and work of Sonia Sanchez.