HD, Color and Sound, 16min, 2018

GIVE explores Roland Gordon’s motivations to create a monumental visual archive displaying centuries of black agency and achievements, in the United States and beyond.

Roland’s collage, ‘Cloud of Witnesses’, is comprised of thousands of photographic portraits, newspapers, and magazines cutouts, presenting an alternative visual history to empower the black community. The film speaks about collective representations of history, memory, and culture; where pasts, presents, and futures are modeled by the blending of imagination, facts, and love.

A film with Roland Gordon

Produced, Directed and Edited: David de Rozas
Cinematography: Glenn Aquino, Andres Gallegos, and David de Rozas
Camera Assistants: Glenn Aquino, Sreang "C" Hok, and Daniel Chein
Sound: Carolina Caycedo and Wiley John Wright II
Colorist: Mark Sterne
Sound Editor: Molly Fitzjarrald
Sound Mixing: Dan Olmsted


- Best Short Film. Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, NC
- Best Experimental Film. Inaugural Smithsonian African American Film Festival, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC
- Best Short Documentary. Brooklyn Film Festival
- Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism Award. Brooklyn Film Festival, NY
- ICDOCS IOWA Documentary Festival Award
- Best Experimental Film (Silver). DOCLA, Los Angeles, CA
- Mention spéciale. DOC en COURTS 18e Édition, Nyon, France


- Visions du Reel Film Festival // 2018 Official Selection. Nyon, Switzerland
- Sheffield Doc/Fest // 2018 Official Selection. Sheffield, UK
- True/False Doc Fest // 2018 Official Selection. Columbia, MO, US
- Full Frame Documentary Film Festival // 2019 Official Selection. Durham, NC, US
- Big Sky Documentary Film Festival // 2019 Official Selection. Missoula, MT, US
- AFI Docs // 2018 Official Selection. Washington DC, MD, US
- 35th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel, Germany
- Smithsonian African American Film Festival, National Museum of African American History and Culture, DC, US
- Aesthetica Film Festival // 2018 Official Selection, London, UK
- Brooklyn Film Festival // 2018 Official Selection. New York, NY, US
- Double Exposure: Portraits and Parallels Across the Diaspora, Creatively Speaking Film Series Program, NY, US
- DOXA Documentary Festival// 2018 Official Selection. Vancouver, Canada
- 16th Tirana International Film Festival // 2018 Official Selection. Tirana, Albania
- Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, 2018
- Experiments in Cinema Albuquerque New Mexico // 2018 Official Selection, NM, US
- Visible Evidence XXVI. University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, US
- 18th edition of Doc en Courts, Nyon, France
- San Francisco Documentary Festival // 2018 Official Selection. San Francisco, CA, US
- 18th Escales Documentaires - International Festival of Creative Documentary, La Rochelle, France
- ARKIPEL Jakarta International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival. Yakarta, Indonesia
- Tacoma Film Festival // 2018 Official Selection, WA, US
- 25th Black Harvest International Film Festival, Chicago, IL, US
- ICDOCS // IOWA Documentary Festival. Iowa, IA, US
- Psycho-Geographies, Other Cinema. Artist Television Access, San Francisco, CA, US
- 4th Tulsa American Film Festival (TAFF) // 2018 Official Selection, Tulsa, OK, US
- Double Exposure: Take Two. Maysles Documentary Center. New York, NY, US
- The Unseen Festival. Counterpath. Denver, CO, US
- Dumbo Film Festival, New York, NY, US
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Loyola University, New Orleans, LA, US
- Union Cinema. University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, WI, US
- Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC, US
- Blerd City Con. St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NYC, US
- DOCLA Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival
- LACA Los Angeles Contemporary Archive. Los Angeles, CA, US
- @SEA, Poetic Research Bureau in Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA, US