Award-Winning Short Zoo (Volkerschau) is about two girls, one African, one German, preparing to see a live show featuring an exotic creature at the World’s Fair in 1958. Same expectations, drastically different outcomes. One thing for sure; we don’t know racism until it’s taught to us.
Zoo represents the depth of human capacity to find freedom in captivity. Zoo is a perspective on humanity. It explores the delicacy of innocence, the tightrope dynamics of mother-daughter relationships, the constant sacrifice and hard decisions mothers face with parenting, and the zest of a youthful dreamer compared to the resignation of dreams deferred for an older person who has simply run out of time to dream.
Zoo celebrates life and freedom despite one’s circumstances and embraces the beauty of self-awareness and evolving, within the confines of one’s own personal zoo. Maya Angelou knew why the caged bird sings. And now, so will we.
Produced by industry veteran Sabrina L Gray, this is filmmaker Monda Raquel Webb’s calling card to the industry. Little Known Stories Production Company was formed to tell stories hidden in the crevices of History’s pages. An historical excavator, Monda is determined to dig up the truth and telli it through a visual medium in a purely organic way. Zoo (Volkerschau) is the first of many.
Theme: All of us are Human, some of us only Pretend to be.
Social Media: IG and Twitter @littleknownspc #letsallbehuman
FaceBook: Zoo – Volkerschau
Languages: English, German, Twi
Awards in Spain, Indonesia, US.
Recognition/Awards for 2015
Excellence Award: International Film Festival for Women – Zero Discrimination – Social Issues – Jakarta, Indonesia
Audience Award: The South Carolina Cultural Film Festival, North Charleston, South Carolina
Merit Award: Best of Shorts – Women Filmmakers, San Diego, CA
Audience Award: Baltimore International Black Film Festival, Baltimore, MD
Best Short: Mt. Vernon Film Festival, Mt. Vernon, NY
Most Socially Conscious: Urban Mediamakers Film Festival, Norcross, GA
Best Script: I Filmmakers International Festival, Marbella, Spain
California African American Museum (CAAM), LA, CA
African American Women in Cinema (AAWIC), NY, NY
Skokie Public Library (Skokie, IL)
Exhibit on Human Zoos: Museo de Pier Maria Rossi, Berceto, Itlay – Curated by the Associazone Culturale Sentieri Dell Arte
Kids World Film Festival (Washington, DC)
Winner: Best of Narration, Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI), New Orleans, LA
Platinum Winner: International Movie Awards, Jakarta, Indonesia
Winner: Best Director of a Short Film, Hudson Valley Film Festival, Monroe, NY
2017 Film Festivals/Screenings and Talkbacks
Official Selection: Rosebud Film Awards, Arlington, VA January 28, 2017
Screening: Sankofa Book Store & Cafe, Washington, DC, March 25, 2017
Screening: National Association of Women in Real Estate Business, July 17, 2017
Screening: DC Shorts Film Festival, Washington, DC, September 13, 2017
Official Selection: DC Black Film Festival, August 17, 2017
Official Selection: The Valley Film Festival, October 27, 2017
Winner: Filmmaker of the Year, Best International Short Film Award, Filmmaker of the Year Film Festival, Bali, Indonesia, November 2017
Winner: Best Film, Filmmaker of the Year Award, Bali, Indonesia, November 2017
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Little Known Stories Production Company, LLC is the production arm of Monda Media. In 2015, she wrote, directed and produced her first short film, Zoo (Volkerschau), which has won over a dozen U.S.