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      This World is Not My Own

      2023 1 hr. 37 min. Documentary Animation Biography List
      100% 5 Reviews Tomatometer Beginning with her birthday July 4, 1900, artist Nellie Mae Rowe's life spanned the 20th century. For most of her life, Nellie made art in obscurity, propelled by a force she viewed as a God-given gift. As the daughter of a sharecropper and former slave, she made art from whatever she could find. As an adult, she transformed her home into her "Playhouse," an imaginative oasis filled with vibrant drawings, handmade sculptures and dolls, and collected objects. Six years before her death, a wealthy gallerist, Judith Alexander, "discovered" and introduced her work to the art world. Over four acts, This World is Not My Own traces the lifespan of an artist who struggles to dedicate her life to art while exploring the personal and political events that shaped her singular body of work. The film mixes traditional documentary techniques with animations and scripted scenes shot in intricately detailed sets to bring her dynamic story to life. Read More Read Less

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      Sheri Linden Hollywood Reporter Fittingly playful and bold. Mar 12, 2023 Full Review Tina Kakadelis Beyond the Cinerama Dome It was never about fame in the traditional sense, but about cultivating community and love. That’s the answer to immortality. It’s in how you treat people, how you create, and how you nourish yourself with art. Jul 24, 2023 Full Review Jason Gorber POV Magazine Historically rich, artistically brave, and formally inventive, this work of non-fiction is as quirky as its subject. May 15, 2023 Full Review Louisa Moore Screen Zealots An unconventional, eccentric, hybrid documentary that’s as inventive as its subject. Apr 10, 2023 Full Review Alan French Sunshine State Cineplex Combining the traditional biographical documentary with experimental animation pushes This World is Not My Own to another level. Some of these elements limit its ceiling, but the film sticks with you. Rated: 7/10 Mar 12, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Beginning with her birthday July 4, 1900, artist Nellie Mae Rowe's life spanned the 20th century. For most of her life, Nellie made art in obscurity, propelled by a force she viewed as a God-given gift. As the daughter of a sharecropper and former slave, she made art from whatever she could find. As an adult, she transformed her home into her "Playhouse," an imaginative oasis filled with vibrant drawings, handmade sculptures and dolls, and collected objects. Six years before her death, a wealthy gallerist, Judith Alexander, "discovered" and introduced her work to the art world. Over four acts, This World is Not My Own traces the lifespan of an artist who struggles to dedicate her life to art while exploring the personal and political events that shaped her singular body of work. The film mixes traditional documentary techniques with animations and scripted scenes shot in intricately detailed sets to bring her dynamic story to life.
      Director
      Petter Ringbom, Marquise Stillwell
      Executive Producer
      Dream Hampton, Marquise Stillwell
      Screenwriter
      Ruchi Mital, Petter Ringbom
      Production Co
      Opendox
      Genre
      Documentary, Animation, Biography
      Original Language
      English