Black Mothers


Débora Souza Silva is a documentary filmmaker and journalist whose work examines systemic racism and inequality, while also highlighting the resilience of impacted communities.

Artist Bio

Black Mothers reports on the “Mothers of the Movement,” a nationwide network of mothers whose African-American children were killed by police. The feature-length documentary follows the journey of two women working to disrupt the United States’s cycle of police brutality. As one mother navigates the turbulent aftermath of her son’s attack by police, the other channels her grief into organizing other mothers to fight for—and win—justice.


Award Year
2021
Status

In Progress

This is a close up headshot of a black woman. She has shoulder length black hair with highlights and dark brown eyes; she wears a brown blazer and a colorful neckless.

Débora Souza Silva

Oakland, CA

Débora Souza Silva is a documentary filmmaker and journalist whose work examines systemic racism and inequality, while also highlighting the resilience of impacted communities. She started her career as an on-air television reporter and producer in her home country of Brazil, covering stories about race and social inequality. In 2016, Silva was awarded a fellowship with the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she produced a series of short documentaries focused on immigration and social justice. Her work has been featured on PBS, BBC, Reveal News, KQED, and Fusion. She is a recipient of the Les Payne Founder’s Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and the New York Times Institute Fellowship. She is a recipient of the Gracie Award for the four-part documentary series The Aftermath, the Glassbreaker Films Fellowship, the Investigative Reporting Program Fellowship, and the Tribeca Film Institute All Access Grant. Silva is a fellow of the 2019 Firelight Media Lab and the 2020 (Egg)celerator Lab. Black Mothers is her debut feature-length film.