SAY OUR NAMES
Say Our Names is a 2018 independent documentary by director Juwan Chambers and producer Eric Martin. The film examines racism, colorism, the BlackLivesMatter movement, police violence, cultural appropriation, privilege, and the 2016 presidential election, and social and political climate from the perspective of students and educators of different races, ethnicities, ages, and sexual orientations.
Martin and Chambers titled the film after the hashtags #SayHerName and #SayHisName that spawned from the BlackLivesMatter Movement.
The concept was born in late 2015 during a lunch between Martin and Chambers. Production began on the night of March 11, 2016 and lasted a little over one year. Having initially wrapped during spring 2017, the producing duo was eyeing a Juneteenth release that year, but due to a damaged hard drive erasing the film, its release was postponed. On September 25th, 2017, reshoots officially begun and lasted until sometime in spring 2018. On August 31, 2018, the highly-anticipated film was released on YouTube.
Say Our Names garnered 148 views in the first 24 hours, surpassing the personal record set by their acclaimed short film, 1 in 71, several months earlier. The documentary has been universally praised and has 416 views on YouTube as of July 2020.