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On Friday, Mildred Gaddis had the opportunity to interview Director Darnell Lamont Walker who is traveling in Barcelona, Spain about his recent documentary, “Outside The House,” which focuses on Mental Health Issues in the Black Community.

He started the interview by stating the film got it’s name from the classic “Old school” Black Mothers/Grandmothers saying this doesn’t leave outside of this house when speaking about “the crazy uncle” or the auntie who is always sad and crying or your sibling or younger cousins “being bad” when in reality all of these people faced a  diagnosable disease the family or individual would not address.

A B O U T | T H E | D I R E C T O R :
Darnell Lamont Walker is an artist above all things.

As a playwright, he’s written for multiple stages worldwide, winning several awards, including three Best Dramas. As a filmmaker, actor, producer, director, and screenwriter, Darnell and his team have received countless awards, most recently receiving three Emmy nominations, winning two.

Right now, Darnell’s focus is on using his talents to speak to the times.

In a world surrounded by good and creative energy, and a huge spread of desserts and drinks, is where Darnell Lamont Walker belongs, and where he will stay.

A B O U T | T H E | F I L M :
Outside the House, simply stated, is my attempt to burn down the house where our darkest secrets are kept.

How do I tell stories that need to be told but people are afraid to tell, I asked myself.

I became vulnerable and the people began opening up, too. I needed their stories. I needed them to rip off the door of that house outside of which their mothers told them to never share their issues. I needed their stories to help others do the same.

This film is not about statistics, or science, or theories, or practices. It’s a documentary about mental health and sharing our stories so others will understand they are not alone. It’s about what’s happened to us, what will happen to our children, and breaking cycles that are killing us in dark places.

Also check out this article on The Root and find out more about his film on the website Outside The House


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