The impact of Covid-19 on Black communities was a stark reminder of the injustice and trauma often entwined within UK Black experiences. For Rooted, the pandemic was a signal to centre joy, as a way to nourish, strengthen and spark reimaginings of the future. Our work has found that although joy is a universal experience, Black Joy is something quite different - but a necessary condition for individual and collective change.
From curating a digital experience with partners and practitioners centring joy, collaborating with organisations across 5 cities to and listening to people from all walks of life….we were able to surface untold narratives about Joy.
Celebrating culture, identity and self despite the world often seeking to do the opposite
What the conditions are to unapologetically express the nuances of all that you are, Black and more and for that expression to be both seen and accepted
Being in spaces with those who share our experiences, which often breeds a shared vibration and language that connects us on a higher level
Directed by Tobi Onabolu, Dear Black Child is a story about the many ways we individually as Black people can develop practices to reconnect with joy. A fantasy piece expressed through movement and dance, the film explores the journey of returning to joy. The Seeker, arising from a meditation, enters the forest, using movement and breathwork to reconnect with the self, ultimately manifesting the energy of Wanderlust, to guide them through the forest.
We want this movement of joy to affect our individual lives and create tangible tools for you to make joy real but also affect systemic change and be visible in policy and services designed.