Film Screening: "What Happened 2 Chocolate City"
In this second webinar, the audience had the opportunity to view a screening of Director Mignotae Kebede'sdocumentary, What Happened 2 Chocolate City. This program was solely a screening of the full film. During the wake of the pandemic, the Director decided to open the production back up. The final cut of the film is coming soon.
MigKeb Productions presents What Happened 2 Chocolate City (WH2CC) a feature length documentary, exploring the rise and decline of one of our nation’s most prominent Black communities through the narrative of three individuals. John, Mike, and Zarina, each represent a generational experience many Black Washingtonians faced over the past century. For far too long, we have painted Washington DC with one brush and one narrative, depicting the city as a playground for political elites. What Happened 2 Chocolate City looks to unearth the multi-layered histories of Washington DC, the people that have been burdened by this American dream, and the disparities that exist between these two realities. By visually examining the repercussions of urban development and revitalization in the district, WH2CC will uncover the roots of Washington, DC, a district home to GoGo music, Mumbo Sauce, and legions of black artists and academics, and how they’ve come to be endangered. Learn more about the film on the WH2CC web page.
Registration was required in order to receive log-in details to view the film. This program was not and in no way should be recorded. Check out a few of the teaser trailers at the YouTube videos below.
A native Californian and graduate of The George Washington University (GWU), Mignotae Kebede is dedicated to exploring the intersections between creative expression and social change. After graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs and Anthropology with a concentration in International Development, Mignotae served as the Development Manager at Life Pieces To Masterpieces (LPTM) in Northeast, Washington, DC.
It was through her work at LPTM, an organization serving African American boys and young men east of the Anacostia River, that she developed the concept for the forthcoming feature film "What Happened 2 Chocolate City". Mignotae conducted ethnographic research on the evolution of the district and its relations with native Black Washingtonians through an intergenerational lens. It is at the very intersection of creative expression and social change that Mignotae brought to life her findings and explorative journey using film and varying mediums of visual and fine arts. Mignotae has since written, produced and directed the feature length documentary "What Happened 2 Chocolate City", landing regional and national coverage, including PBS’ docu-series “No Passport Required”.
Mignotae founded her production company, MigKeb Productions, in 2016, and has since expanded her work into creating projects ranging from short and long form films across genres to music videos and live performances with artists, organizations and networks including Jazmine Sullivan, National Public Radio (NPR), and HBO Max.
With the growing demand of digital media in 2020, Mignotae founded THR33 Productions, LLC to meet the needs of organizations in both the public and private sectors. Mignotae is currently based in Washington, DC, and is actively working to expand the local film industry alongside fellow artists in the region.