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Jessica Chen Drammeh
Producer: Jessica Chen Drammeh & Sharon K. Smith
47 minutes
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Anomaly: A Documentary Film about Multiracial Identity

ANOMALY is an award-winning documentary film that provides a thought-provoking look at multiracial identity by combining personal narratives with the larger drama of mixed race in American culture. The characters use spoken word and music to tell their stories of navigating identity, family and community in a changing world. Community leaders and academic experts contextualize the issues. As it unfolds, ANOMALY tells a story that is deeply personal, yet broadly American.

Winner of the Local Filmmaker Award at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, ANOMALY interweaves the thoughts and experiences of the participants with the director’s narration, creating a rich tapestry of mixed dynamics. Unlike prior works on mixed race issues that focused on one ethnic mix, ANOMALY is truly multiracial. Our participants come from many diverse backgrounds and multiple generations.

ANOMALY features the work of singer and songwriter Gabriella Callender, spoken word artist Michelle Myers, musician and poet Pete Shungu and spoken word artist and poet Thaddeus Rutkowski. The film also includes interviews with community experts and scholars Eric Hamako, Jen Chau, Prof. Michele Elam, Prof. Ann Morning, and Prof. Jennifer Chan.

For information about public speaking engagements, email film director Jessica Chen Drammeh at

"Director Jessica Chen Drammeh draws inspiration from her own background for this short documentary on multiracial identity… The growth of the multiracial population in the U.S. has led to courses on the subject at colleges throughout the country, and professors from New York University, the University of Massachusetts, and Stanford University all contribute commentary here. A thought-provoking film on melting pot America, this is recommended."
- K. Fennessy, Video Librarian Magazine

  • Local Filmmaker Award, Langston Hughes African American Film Festival
  • Best of the New York African Diaspora Film Festival

  • Screenings
  • World Premiere, New York African Diaspora Film Festival
  • Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival
  • Legacy Film Festival, UK
  • San Diego Black Film Festival
  • Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference
  • Tacoma Film Festival
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • Women of Color Arts & Film Festival, Atlanta
  • Pan African Film Festival
  • Filmwax Film Series
  • Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, Seattle

    Jessica Chen Drammeh
    Producer: Jessica Chen Drammeh & Sharon K. Smith
    47 minutes
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