A Special Encore of the February 26, 2023 Special Event

A Film Screening and Artist Conversation


This Special Event featured Board Member Kehinde Ishangi's documentary film, Not My Enemy followed by a conversation about the process and the power of using somatic methodology in processing and overcoming trauma. This special encore will be a recording of select excerpts from the February 26, 2023 Special Event hosted by the ISMETA Somatic Arts and Education Committee.

This acclaimed film had its first United States premiere at the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival in December, and it will be shown at the Screen Dance Miami Festival and the Denton Black Film Festival this month. Directed by Ishangi and filmed by Tiffany Rhynard, the feature-length film is based on her original choreographic work “Not My Enemy” and uses embodied narrative to understand and resolve issues around the absence of her biological father and how it impacted her life. The exploration leads her to the Vietnam War and its aftermath and the effect it had on her father, her family, and her community. With the assistance of four brave Vietnam Vets and other members of her community, she uses dance as a tool for somatic healing.