Naima Ramos-Chapman works to tell stories of transformation and understated bravery by rendering the juxtaposition of psycho-spiritual realities we can not see alongside the normalized brutalities “hiding” in everyday life.
Her first short, AND NOTHING HAPPENED, explored the psychological aftermath of a sexual assault and premiered at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival. Her second short, PIU PIU, a meditation on frontier justice and victimhood ontology, premiered at Blackstar Film Festival in 2018. In 2017, she became a Sundance Institute Screenwriter Intensive Fellow. In 2018, she wrote, directed, acted, and edited for the Peabody award-winning Random Acts of Flyness (HBO). In 2020, as part of a multi-media installation produced by Aljazeera Contrast, she wrote and directed STILL HERE, a virtual reality experience about the obstacles black women face who re-enter society after being kidnapped and traumatized by the prison industrial complex. It premiered in the New Frontiers section of the Sundance Film Festival. In 2020, she also co-produced, co-produced, and story edited the TV series Betty (HBO), a coming-of-age story of a diverse group of young women navigating their lives through the predominantly male world of skateboarding.
Naima is currently in the metaphorical woods developing several projects in the docu-narrative hybrid space that center BIPOC femmes taking back their power after surviving hierarchal abuses internalized by the dominant social order of white supremacy and toxic masculinity.