Who better to pair up with gender-blending LA fashion label No Sesso than Rhea Dillon, filmmaker and photographer, who’s work consistently meditates on issues of diversity and representation, female empowerment and queer culture. It is apparent to Dillon that in the age of an increasingly right wing America, that black people are constantly denied innocence in the media and on-screen. Black Angel ruminates on this dynamic, and strives to highlight need for what is missing: positive and consistent representation of the PoC body.
‘Too many times black people are unlawfully killed without even being able to put their hands up in innocence. Instead they are instantly perceived as a threat to society from birth, especially for young black boys – so tell me is there any innocence for us? Are we all just angels on the land awaiting heaven’s open door?’ says Dillon.
Black Angel is a series of vignettes shot on a mini DV camera which, when read alongside one another, display a message which is greater than the sum of its parts. Due in-part to Dillon’s background in casting and her decision to include friends and family of the brand as well as people in the surrounding neighbourhood, the film reads unapologetically as a silent protest with the familiarity of a home movie. The message of Black Angel is clear:
‘Through No Sesso’s garments there is no conforming identity. There’s no denotation of male or female. You’re allowed to just be who you want to be regardless of society’s rules. This is why I’ve chosen to collaborate on the styling of this film with such an amazing brand that has the ability to install a sense of self worth and self love in every person who wears them.’