A-Ian Holt is a mother, artist, filmmaker, educator, and playwright — and she’s working with Issa Rae to create space for women of color.
“It’s very hard for us to imagine new possibilities, and especially for women of color,” she explained. “If they’re limiting us to very particular characters, for example, or very particular narratives, that, too, warps the ways that we exist in the world.”
Holt’s debut short film “Inamorata” was released through Issa Rae Productions.
“It means so much just to be in the landscape of the work that Issa is doing,” she said. “It’s important for me because it gives me a platform and an access to an audience that I feel is my audience, especially on the platform, it is mostly women of color.”
The film features a Black cast and explores ideas of infidelity, sisterhood, love, and spirituality. Holt says she hopes the film empowers women to rise above pain.
“Seeing very much generations of women and thinking about the kind of ways that we sometimes get into toxic relationships and often feel stuck there for many, many years sometimes and just about the opportunity to think about a new possibility and new alternative for that,” she explained.