Monday, March 1, 2010

Stacey Muhammad/Wildseed & Block Exchange Films Presents...Out of Our Right Minds (Trauma, Depression and the Black Woman)

For Immediate Release

Brooklyn, New York, February 26, 2010 - OUT OF OUR RIGHT MINDS, TRAUMA, DEPRESSION AND THE BLACK WOMAN, produced by Wildseed Films / Intelligent Media Group, will premiere at the PATOIS International Human Rights Film Festival on March 13, 2010.

The official trailer for Out of Our Right Minds, Trauma, Depression and the Black Woman can be viewed at

Directed by award winning Independent Filmmaker / documentarian Stacey Muhammad, a native of New Orleans, LA, this film explores depression and the overall feeling of sadness that plagues many black women in this society of all ages, social and economic backgrounds.

Statistics regarding depression in African American women are either
non-existent or uncertain. Part of this confusion is because past published clinical research on depression in African-American women has been scarce. This scarcity is, in part, due to the fact that African-American women may not seek treatment for their depression, may be misdiagnosed, or may withdraw from treatment because their ethnic, cultural and / or gender needs have not been met

Although an alarming number of African American women suffer from depression, bipolar disorder and a myriad of clinically specific mental conditions, this film seeks to connect the state of mental health amongst women of color to the lingering effects of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and a trauma experience that has been passed on from one generation to the next.

Women and men from all walks of life speak openly and candidly about depression, mental illness, anxiety, self-esteem, and the need to address a topic that continues to be taboo in the African American community.

“I find that there’s a shadow, a cloud of sadness amongst women of color, from all walks of life,” says Stacey Muhammad of Wildseed Films.
She continues, “It’s time to have this discussion. My commitment is to not only explore our behavior but to also examine the environment in which we’ve been embedded for more than 400 years and to encourage us to begin to examine what this environment has done and continues to do to people of color.”

Stacey is an activist with a commitment to healing through film and media. Last year she released the short documentary film, I AM SEAN BELL, black boys speak which won the Best Short Film of the year award from the REEL SISTERS of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series.

You can watch I AM SEAN BELL here...

This time around, she teams up with R.H. Bless of Block Exchange Films who serves as co-producer of Out of Our Right Minds. “Bless is an amazing cinematographer and music video director and who has done very important work in the hip hop community.”

Out of Our Right Minds features new music from Hip Hop Legend Wise Intelligent who is also Director of Intelligent Media Group; as well as New Orleans born musician, King Tut and Mr. Famous, an up and coming producer and son of hip hop legend, KRS ONE.

Out of Our Right Minds is part one of a series of films from Wildseed Films / Intelligent Media Group aimed at healing and restoring the black family. Only by confronting and exploring the tragic reality of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and how the deadly combination of physical trauma, domestic abuse, social conditioning, racist media images, and spiritual neglect has affected the mind, body, soul of women of color will individual and collective healing take place.

The official trailer for Out of Our Right Minds, Trauma, Depression and the Black Woman can be viewed at


Carl Wharton, Director of Public Relations

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