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.  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.

How to watch:
♦ For public screenings (without the director), click here for Public Performance and Digital Site Licenses  

♦ We are now available on DVD through Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart 

♦ We are now available to stream on Amazon and Amazon Prime 

♦ To schedule an event with the director, including Healing Workshop and Anti-Bias Training, e-mail Learn more here

As Featured In:


Felician University

February 15, 2022

One Felician Way, Rutherford, NJ 07070

Rowan College at Burlington County

February 21, 2022

900 College Circle Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054

United Federation of Teachers-Black History Month Film Series

February 13, 2020

52 Broadway, New York, NY 10004

Long Beach Public Library – Public Screening

Saturday, February 15 at 2pm & Thursday, February 27 at 7:30pm

111 West Park Ave., Long Beach, NY 11561

Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society Screening

October 6, 2019

Podell auditorium, 11 Nathan Perlman Place, NYC

New College ‘Visions of the Black Experience’ Film Series

December 7, 2019

Harry Sudakoff Conference Center; 5845 General Dougher Place Sarasota, FL 34243

World Television Premiere – RevoltTV

On Demand with Live Showings. CHECK LISTINGS


Stuart Cinema and Cafe

August 17th- August 20th, 2019

79 West Street | Brooklyn, New York 11222

Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival

Sunday, September 15th 2019 at  5:30 PM and Monday, September 16th, 2019 at 1:15 PM,

Atlas Cinemas at Shaker Square, 13116 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120

12N61W Grenadian Film Festival

Saturday May, 4, 2019

Lavo Lanes - Grenada

Barbados Independent Film Festival

Saturday, January 19th, 12 noon

Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, UWI

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Trust

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 at 4:30 p.m

Carnegie Hall, Old Public Library Building, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

I Will Tell International Film Festival South Florida

Saturday December 8th, at 5:00pm

The Living Room Theatres FAU on 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, Florida 33431

The Little Theatre- The Black Cinema Series

Friday, Nov 30th, 6:30pm & Saturday, Dec 8th, 3pm

240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604

Peachtree Village International Film Festival

Friday, October 12th, 2018 11:30-12:39 p.m.

Cinema Park Studios, 135 Walton Street Northwest Atlanta, GA 30303

Urban Mediamakers Festival

Monday, October 15th, 2018 4:45pm

Atlanta, Duluth, and Lawrenceville, GA (Details to come)

Received: Best Documentary Feature

Awareness Film Festival

Friday, September 28th at 6pm

LA Live Regal Cinemas

University of the West Indies- Public Screening

September 18, 2018

University of the West Indies, Library Multifunctional Room- Kingston, Jamaica

Authenticity and Solidarity Conference on Civic Engagement

Saturday, September 22, 2018 2:45pm

Princeton University

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)

Capital City Black Film Festival

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

Screen 4, Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

Urban Film Festival

September 1st 2018- 12pm-4:15pm block

Overtown Performing Arts Center, Miami, FL

Black Star International Film Festival

Saturday, August 11, 2018, 7:30pm

Silverbird Cinema in Accra Mall, Ghana

Received: Yaa Asantewa Best Women in Film Award

African World Festival

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

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

Received: Best Feature Film, Runner Up for Best Direction

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 City Independent Film Festival

May 9, 2018 9:00pm

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

Received: Nominated, Best Documentary Award

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

Received: 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

Received: Nominee, HBO Documentary Award

Mazansi Women’s Film Festival

Saturday, August 5, 2017

University of Johannesburg

Peachtree Village International Film Festival


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