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This World is Not My Own

1h 37m Documentary, Animation, Biography 2023

From her birthday on July 4th, 1900, artist Nellie Mae Rowe’s life spanned the 20th century in the American south. For most of her life, Nellie made art in obscurity in her home outside of Atlanta. 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 based on Nellie Mae Rowe quotes.

In sets that reimagine Nellie’s home, three-time Emmy winning actress, Uzo Aduba embodies an animated character based on Nellie’s likeness. Her recorded dialogue, movements and song make Nellie come to life.

Director

Petter Ringbom

Producer

Ruchi Mital

Cinematography

Petter Ringbom

Executive Producer

Marquise Stillwell

Executive Producer

Dream Hampton

Animator

Andreas Wiklund

VFX Producer

Sigfrid Söderberg

Composer

Matthew Head

Co-Producer

Markus Waltå

Co-Producer

Eliza Jones

Co-Executive Producer

Tyler Brodie

Screenwriter

Ruchi Mital

Screenwriter

Petter Ringbom

Language

English

Closed Captions [CC]

English

Countries

United States, Sweden

Studios

Opendox, Grandslam Film