Back to Natural is a  69-minute documentary film that reveals the shocking truth about hair, politics, and racial identity in Black communities and beyond. Directed by New York City based Clinical Psychologist Gillian Scott-Ward, the film was inspired by the work she was doing in her clinical practice and her own drive to go natural. Executively produced by Marquis Smalls and produced by Dominic Ward, Back to Natural is a powerful call for healing that takes a grassroots approach to exploring the globalized policing of natural Black hair.

Filmed in New York City, Philadelphia, Paris, And Cape Town, this documentary explores universal aspects of the Black experience and the “New” Natural Hair movement. Join us on this journey of discovery and enlightenment while celebrating our history and natural styles that are taking the world by storm.

Filmmaker Bio


Born in Brooklyn, New York to immigrant parents from the West Indies, Gillian Scott-Ward, is a first-time filmmaker and clinical psychologist in New York City. After completing her undergraduate degree at Cornell University in Psychology and Women’s Studies, Gillian pursued her PhD in Clinical Psychology writing her dissertation on the impact of media stereotypes on Black students.

She was inspired to embark on this film after deciding to start her own natural hair journey. She brings to the film experience as an artist and healer. Her ability to help others tap into, explore and share difficult emotions gives the narrative of this film depth. She hopes this film inspires reflection, compassion, and healing of racial-trauma, globally.

Rating: PG


SATURDAY  Jan 19, 2019

12:00 PM    BACK TO NATURAL (with filmmaker Gillian Scott-Ward and special guest Zoe Allamby)

Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination

Free to the Public

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