A Dit Down With Cyn: Short Film, is a collection of monologues vignettes inspired by the book A Sit Down With: Cyn Monologues For Black Girls. The movie begins with the focal piece (Sit Down) and metaphorically invites you on a 16-minute journey to sit and reflect on the social interactions of a young black girl as she copes with growing pains and past trauma. She is alarmed to see how much is required of her to feel comfortable and safe in her identity (Clogged Drain and My therapist Said No More). She is even more surprised at her embodiment and then revolt of falling into the trope of being a Strong Black Women (SBW). Her growth into adulthood is further complicated by her impending confrontation with mental health, trauma, and soured relationships (Young 21 and Role One, Role Two). Finally, she labels and identifies the discomfort she has sharing black women’s sacred spaces and words (Queen). This film invites you into a time capsule created by a black woman and for black women. It unapologetically narrates the soundless thought-chatter that fills many of our minds.
Directed by Cynthia D. Hilaire and Xavier Dubose (USA)