For Juneteenth, Rikkí Wright reclaims freedom, and herself, on movie

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In Rikkí Wright’s celebration of Juneteenth, the earlier and the present dance alongside each other — pointing in direction of a future filled with likelihood. For Image, the photographer and filmmaker created a short film in commemoration of the holiday, a three-minute dedication to herself and her ancestors which she describes as “a meditation on the reclamation of 1’s private freedom.” In it, traditional clips — along with Maya Angelou reciting “The Masks” — are woven into scenes of celebration from the Leimert Park Juneteenth Pageant last week. “Juneteenth, a day my ancestors claimed as a result of the day they acknowledged themselves as free,” writes Wright. “Not prepared on paper or man to validate that reality.”

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