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Numa Perrier to Produce and Star in Audre Lorde Biopic

Numa Perrier of House of Numa Productions and Livia Perrier of Bazile Productions are reteaming to bring poet and author Audre Lorde’s life story to the screen.

“Audre Lorde lived fully, loved fiercely and used her words as both weapon and salve. We seek to honor her in an intimate yet bold way,” the director said. “The stories of our poets are necessary as their work continues to give shape and make sense of the world. Audre Lorde said “your silence will not protect you” – and I believe creating a film is one of the most impactful ways to use our voices. House of Numa is dedicated to the centering of Black women who have so often had to work on the fringe yet still impinge society in a powerful way such as Audre Lorde. “

A self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Audre Lorde dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia.

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She was born on February 18, 1934 and was raised in Harlem to Grenadian immigrants. She did not speak until the age of 5 and then did so through poems. She worked as a librarian for several years before publishing her first volume of poetry The First Cities. She continued to write prolifically with over a dozen publications that were deeply personal while challenging the politics of race, identity, and feminism.

In 1991 Lorde was named the New York Poet Laureate. Numerous documentaries on her life exist including The Berlin Years and Litany for Survival. The Erotic marks the first scripted feature film based on the life, loves, and mischief of Audre Lorde and will be accompanied by an immersive art installation.

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Currently, Perrier’s directed project the Netflix rom-com The Perfect Find starring Gabrielle Union and Keith Powers is currently in post-production and slated for a 2022 release. She is also starring in the upcoming thriller FuzzyHead from director Wendy McColm.

 

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