Alumnae Profiles: Roxana Walker-Canton, C'91
Award-winning independent filmmaker and video installation artist Roxana Walker-Canton, C’91, is the producer of a new documentary titled, “Living Thinkers: An Autobiography of Black Women in the Ivory Tower.”
The documentary examines the intersection of race, class, and gender in the education narratives of Black women academics.
Released in 2013, the film is now being distributed by Women Make Movies and is included in its 2014 new releases catalog. Part of a larger project featuring interviews with 100 Black women who work on college campuses, “Living Thinkers” features eight of those women, including Spelman professors Beverly Guy-Sheftall, C’66, Tasha Inniss, and retired mathematics professor Sylvia Bozeman. Walker-Canton's daughter, Imani, is a member of the incoming class of 2018.
Bringing History to Life
Walker-Canton installed Living Thinkers - Harriet Jacobs' Attic and Living Thinkers - Harriet Jacobs' Attic 2, two video installations connecting contemporary Black women's education narratives to the 19th century slave narrative written by Harriet Jacobs.
Her last documentary about post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans titled Belly of the Basin won First Place for Documentary at the Hollywood Black Filmmakers Festival 2008 and screened at numerous festivals and universities across the country.
She has received numerous grants and has presented her work nationally and internationally at festivals, conferences and universities. She teaches Documentary Production, Screenwriting and African American Cinema. She is married to history professor David A. Canton and has three children, Imani, Kefentse, and Montsho.