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This World is Not My Own

Hybrid Feature Doc / In Production

Mythical forest creatures, chewing gum sculptures, handmade dolls, a firebrand wrestler, a Kuwaiti art school for kids, a wealthy arts patron, a century old murder case, and the segregated south – it’s all part of Nellie Mae Rowe’s fantastical universe. This World is Not My Own reimagines this self-taught artist’s life from 1900 to 1982, a tumultuous and transformative time in our nation’s history.

  This World is Not My Own  is produced in collaboration with the  Judith Alexander Foundation . It’s written and directed by Petter Ringbom, and produced by Ruchi Mital.

This World is Not My Own is produced in collaboration with the Judith Alexander Foundation. It’s written and directed by Petter Ringbom, and produced by Ruchi Mital.

 Nellie Mae Rowe transformed her home in Vinings, Georgia into an ever-changing art work that she dubbed her “playhouse.”

Nellie Mae Rowe transformed her home in Vinings, Georgia into an ever-changing art work that she dubbed her “playhouse.”

 The legendary wrestler, “Thunderbolt” Patterson is a recurring subject in Nellie Mae Rowe’s work.

The legendary wrestler, “Thunderbolt” Patterson is a recurring subject in Nellie Mae Rowe’s work.

 “I leave my hand, just like you leave your hand on the wall. When I’m gone they can see a print of my hand. I love that — to see a print of my hand. I’ll be gone to rest, but they can look back and say ’that is Nellie Mae’s hand.’”   –Nellie Mae Rowe

“I leave my hand, just like you leave your hand on the wall. When I’m gone they can see a print of my hand. I love that — to see a print of my hand. I’ll be gone to rest, but they can look back and say ’that is Nellie Mae’s hand.’”

–Nellie Mae Rowe

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