Nachiket Guttikar


1 hour 4 minutes

Tanewe is a multi-layered documentary about the life of Famatta T. Massalay or as she was nicknamed at a young age, "Tanewe."  The film moves chronologically, starting with Tanewe recalling her childhood in Liberia and the circumstances surrounding her mother's decision to send her to New York City at the age of eight.  While the piece addresses difficult issues in Tanewe's life, like human labor trafficking, sexual assault, and complex racial dynamics (to name a few), it also celebrates her brilliance highlighting her accomplishments in education, as she earned multiple degrees while supporting a family.  At its heart, the film is about the relationship of trust, most compellingly captured between filmmaker and subject.