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"I am not my hair, I am not this skin, I am not your expectations, I am the soul that lives within."
India Arie


Support Alyscia's effort to finalize her first documentary film I Am More Than My Hair. Your donation can support two causes:

1. The final cut of Alyscia's film, exhibition, and screening presentations.
2. Making it accessible for people with visual and hearing disabilities. Alyscia has made it mandatory that the venues requesting her art for exhibition, include accessibility as a part of the program.

Here's a how you can offer your support:

Get a copy of the book by supporting the fundraiser for I Am More Than My Hair on Alyscia's crowdfunding campaign on iFundwomen. Or you can make a tax-deductible donation via Women in Film & Video.

Learn more about the book.

If you wish to make a donation by check, please make the check out to "Women in Film & Video" and note "I Am More Than My Hair" in the memo line. Checks may be mailed to:

Women in Film & Video
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This project is fiscally sponsored by Women in Film & Video, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.

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From the time we are young, girls are pressured into a set belief of beauty standards. Hair is certainly high on the list and is often labeled as our "crown and glory." Where does this notion fit for females with alopecia (the partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows)?

I Am More Than My Hair, is a documentary film and photography book that includes stories of females who've experienced hair loss due to a health-related condition and their journey of self-empowerment to see beauty beyond the media’s standards.

A bald woman is usually perceived as a cancer diagnosis, given that the media depicts female baldness as relative to this deadly illness. Although it can be related to cancer, it is not always the case. Most are unaware of alopecia and the many reasons why a woman may experience hair loss. I Am More Than My Hair is an educational documentary focused on bringing awareness to alopecia and dispelling the myth of what beauty is "supposed" to look like.



After several years in the works, I Am More Than My Hair premiered at AFI Silver Theatre on October 20, 2019 at AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. Alyscia Cunningham is the Director, Producer and Cinematographer of the documentary film short. It features interviews with females who've experienced hair loss (alopecia) and the connection of their emotions to the media's standards of beauty.

See Alyscia's interview on WJLA Channel 7 Good Morning Washington.

alyscia cunningham on wjla channel 7

I am more than my hair screening flyer

Read more about the premiere and see photos on Alyscia's blog.



Thanks to the many contributors who helped raise funding, via Indiegogo and Docs In Progress, for Cunningham's documentary film! We offer gratitude to:
Julio Hirsch-Hardy, Karima Ami, Wendy Simon, David Sumner, Denise Smith, Stephanie Jackson, Linda Marr, Susan Steiner, Wendy Goldberg, Yolanda Holmes, Lynne Ashe, Elizabeth Kearney, Andrea Palombella, Heidi Scott, Jay Elvove, Carolyn Phillips (and the Bald, Beautiful, & Bold Fashion Show Committee), Romaine Waller, amw.engagetheworld, cmclymer, Monique Boea, Janet Evans-Watkins, Steven Hutchinson, Trista Hendren, Shay Ensley, Steve Carlson, Kelley LeBlanc, Dale Hill, Jacqueline Thompson, Jaimee Todd, Mwheelock, Thomas Smith Jr., Karen Ruckman, Dayal Mohamed, HC Slavic, Ann Marie Brown, Rebecca Weiss, Allison Weiss, Beverly J Gordon, Chuck Tyler, Barbara Scharf, Paula Zitzelberger, Sharmila Karamchandani, Florence Navarro, April North, Cathy Forthuber, Alison T Cunningham, Betty Rose, Patti Hilliard, Jen Price, PrayHERS, Michie Prentiss, Jameelah Fernanders, Donna Emanuel, Mary A Marshall, Delver Charlery, Kimbirly Mack, Melanie Wise, Immani Hood, Michele Strong, Charisse Carney-Nunes, Vernom Alexander, Biao Yang, Marsha Fortenberry, Mumbi Carter, Michelle Myaing, Jen Hanlon Ash, Angela McCrae, Nelson Serieux, Amanda Brandon, Colleen Waterston, Leslie J Gray, Erwin Joseph, Colleen Copple, Amy Pilot, Sarah Johnson, Vee Davis, Yvette Davis, Wendy Jacobson-Simon, Heather Lo Duca, Suzie OGorman, Marie Lirette, Catherine Stahl, Janice Aarabi, Ilianna Luna, Dawn Moore, Kweli Bennett-Powell, Fernee Peters, Kwesi, Donald richards, Isaih Fleming, Sammy Garraway, Andrea Andrew, Kwame M., Marvin T. Jones, Kwesi S., Donald R., Doretha Robinson, and many anonymous contributors.

This project is made possible through the support of:

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