Back to Natural

Back to Natural is a  69-minute documentary film that reveals the shocking truth about hair, politics, and racial identity in Black communities and beyond. Directed by New York City based Clinical Psychologist Gillian Scott-Ward, the film was inspired by the work she was doing in her clinical practice and her own drive to go natural. Executively produced by Marquis Smalls and produced by Dominic Ward, Back to Natural is a powerful call for healing that takes a grassroots approach to exploring the globalized policing of natural Black hair.

Filmed in New York City, Philadelphia, Paris, And Cape Town, this documentary explores universal aspects of the Black experience and the "New" Natural Hair movement. Join us on this journey of discovery and enlightenment while celebrating our history and natural styles that are taking the world by storm.


Black Star International Film Festival

Saturday, August 11, 2018, 7:30pm

Silverbird Cinema in Accra Mall, Ghana

African World Festival

Saturday, August 18th 2018. Evening, see website for details.

Charles H. Wright Museum Theatre, 315 E Warren Ave Detroit, MI 48202

Urban Film Festival

August 31, 2018 - September 2nd 2018

Historic Overtown Miami, FL

I Will Tell Film Festival

Saturday, September 8th, 2018 13:00 – 15:00 BST

ELIM, Leytonstone Hainault Road London E11 1EL (nearest tube station, Leytonstone on the Central Line)

The Women of African Descent Film Festival

Saturday June 2nd 11:15am

Billie Holiday Theatre 1368 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11216

The People’s Film Festival

June 2nd, 2018 2pm

Maysles Cinema 343 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10027

Festival International du Film Pan-Africain de Cannes

April 18th to the 22nd, 2018

THEATRE ALEXANDRE III 19 Boulevard Alexandre III Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d

Langston Hughes African American Film Festival

Sunday, April 22, at 3:00 PM

The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Avenue S. Seattle, WA 98144

Black Market and Film Festival

Saturday, 5th May, 2018 at 13:30

West Green Learning Centre@ Parkview Academy, West Green Road, London N15 3QR, United Kingdom

New York Independent Film Festival

May 9, 2018 9:00pm

Producers Club - Theater S, 358 West 44 Street New York, NY 10036

RapidLion Film Festival

Monday, 5th March 2018, 16h30

Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana St, Newtown, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa

Pan African Film and Art’s Festival

February 15, 17 & 18th, 2018

Cinemark Baldwin Hills Crenshaw 15, 3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Los Angeles Ca. 90008

Teaneck International Film Festival

Saturday, November 4th at 5:15pm

Puffin Cultural Forum 20 Puffin Way Teaneck, NJ 07666

Da Bounce Urban Film Festival- Amsterdam, The Netherlands

November 4th & 5th

ArenA Boulevard 600 1101 DS Amsterdam-Zuidoost

Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival- LA

Friday, November 3rd, 7:15pm

Laemmle's Royal Theatre 11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, 1st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Red Bull Amaphiko Film Festival 2017, South Africa

Friday, October 27th, 2017, 16:00

Johannesburg, South Africa; Braamfontein- Cinema 3

Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival- New York

Monday, October 30th at 3:30pm

Maysles Documentary Center, 343 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10027

International Black Film Festival Nashville

October 5th-8th, 2017

555 Marriott Drive, Building 2 Suite 315 Nashville, TN 37214

Recieved: Best Poster Award, Founders Award

Batimore International Black Film Festival

Friday, October 6th at 4:45pm

Carl J Murphy Fine Arts Center 2201 Argoone Dr Baltimore, MD 21218

British Urban Film Festival:

Thursday, September 7th, 4 PM - 6 PM

BT Tower, 45 Maple Street, London W1T 4JZ

Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival:

Thursday, August 10th, 1pm-2:30pm.

The Martha's Vineyard Performing Art's Center, 100 Edgartown Rd, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Mazansi Women’s Film Festival

Saturday, August 5, 2017

University of Johannesburg

Impact Doc: Award of Merit Special Mention


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