‘The Injured Body’ is a documentary film written and directed by Mara Ahmed, a Pakistani American artist and filmmaker based in New York. It aims to unpack racism. It is also a response to a particular political moment – the emboldening of racial intolerance, xenophobia, bigotry and violence. It showcases the voices of a diverse group of women of color, involved in community work in Western New York.

The film’s title is inspired by Claudia Rankine’s book, ‘Citizen: An American Lyric’ in which she asks: 

‘How to care for the injured body,
the kind of body that can’t hold

the content it is living?

And where is the safest place when that place 
must be someplace other than in the body?’ 

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