The Rebel Girls

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Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose Sun, Mar 10 9:00 AM
From body snatching to bitter Christmas Elves, witness work by some of the next generation of episodic storytellers in a dynamic program of four episodes.
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Short
Runtime (minutes):24
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Nika King
Kyanna Simone
Nia Sondaya
Honey Robinson
Asia Holiday
Avynn Crowder-Jones
Josphine Lawrence
Maxcianna Saintilus
Director:Felicia D Henderson
Executive Producer:Liesl Wilke
Mara Brock Akil
Caroline Williams
Marjorie Tingle
Edward Allen Bernero
Brett Mahoney
Producer(s):Katrina Kudlick
Felicia D Henderson
Screenwriter:Felicia D Henderson
Cinematography:Keith L. Smith
Music By:Kurt Farquhar
Editor:Marc Pollon


The Rebel Girls is based on a true story.

In June 1963, on a hot and muggy Southern Georgia day in Americus, GA, Civil Rights activists, including 500 children, marched to the Martin Theater to sit on the main floor (instead of the Colored balcony). Many of these children were arrested and thrown into local jails. Then, in the middle of the night, dozens of the girls were abducted and held captive in a Civil War era stockade, originally to house captured Union soldiers in the 1860s.

For forty-five days they were held in this stockade without ever being charged with a crime. Their parents were told they were lost in the system. Despite being fed half-raw meat, being forced to use a broken toilet, sleep on a concrete floor, drink rust-filled water, and threatened with rape and murder, THE GIRLS SURVIVED. With the gift of creative and magical thinking, they were able to disappear into a world of fantasy to preserve their spirits and fight another day. The Rebel Girls tells their story.

The Rebel Girls is written, directed and produced by Felicia D. Henderson (Soul Food, The Quad) and stars Nika King, Kyanna Simone, Honey Robinson, Nia Sondaya, Josephine Lawrence, Maxcianna Saintilus, Avynn Crowder-Jones, and Asia Holiday.