Not My Enemy paints a picture of the traumatic and dehumanizing impact of the Vietnam War through the experiences of African-American soldiers. Weaving between a fictional narrative and real-life interviews with war veterans, the documentary dance film becomes a harrowing reminder of how an aimless and violent war left indelible scares on a generation of black men. Those who made it out of Vietnam returned home only to find another war raging in their backyard, the battle for civil rights. Inspired by dialogue with her father, a Vietnam veteran, choreographer Kehinde Ishangi examines the nightmare of combat, the deeply psychological aftermath, and the effort to heal from these lifelong wounds. The film project serves as a collaboration between Ishangi and filmmaker, Tiffany Rhynard.
Not My Enemyis more than a film, it is a community engagement initiative. The film will be used to initiate dialogue for those grappling to heal from the traumas of war and to diminish the stigma placed on them when they return home. News reports confirm that veterans still struggle to receive proper aid post war. Not My Enemyoffers a way for empathetic audiences to create social change and support some of the United States’ most valuable and vulnerable citizens. In order to finish the film, we need to support for post-production services.