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This Little Light (50 mins) tells the story of Wendi Moore-O’Neal, a Black Feminist freedom singer from New Orleans. The documentary recounts how Wendi was fired from her job as a community organizer when she married her wife, Mandisa. This Little Light is a self-determined portrait about the power of love, community, and the living legacy of the Black Southern Freedom movement.  


This inspiring story shows a way forward in the Era of Trump, disaster capitalism, and Christian fundamentalism. This Little Light calls us to rethink work, build beloved community, and take risks in service to being free. The film is co-directed by Wendi Moore-O’Neal and her friend Ada McMahon.


Synopsis of the film


Wendi Moore-O’Neal is a Black Feminist butch dyke from New Orleans, Louisiana. She uses story circles and song sharing, learned from her family of movement veterans, as tools for growing inspiration and building democratic process. Wendi runs Jaliyah Consulting.

Ada McMahon is a documentary filmmaker whose practice centers loving and self-reflective collaborations. Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Ada lives and works in New Orleans. She produces multimedia content for organizations that are working towards a just and liberated world. Ada has an MFA in filmmaking from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.



To support us in sharing This Little Light at community screenings across the country, please consider making a donation. Contributions are tax deductible, via our fiscal sponsor Video Veracity. We are so grateful for your support! Thank you.


Screenings & Events

If you would like to host a screening, please contact us below.


Past Screenings

Ferris State University 

March 24th, 2022

Grand Rapids, MI - Virtual

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Sabira Cole Film Festival

June 29th, 2021

Pittsburgh, PA - Virtual

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Non-Profit Professionals of Color Collective
At Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership
February 26th, 2021

Newark, New Jersey - Virtual
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Midwest-Southern Fat Organizing Convening

October 24th, 2020


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Spelman College

Screening and Panel Discussion with Afrekete Presidents
Hosted by the Women’s Research and Resource Center

March 2nd, 2020

Atlanta, GA

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Franklinton Center at Bricks 

February 16th, 2020

Whitakers, NC

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Hayti Heritage Film Festival

February 15th, 2020
Hayti Heritage Center

Durham, NC

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Warfield Center Documentary Film Showcase
January 29th & 30th, 2020 
Panel, Screening, and Community Sing

co-hosted by the Warfield Center for African & African American Studies

at University of Texas at Austin and ALLGO
Austin, TX

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For the Culture: Truth, Trial & Transformation
SPIRITHOUSE's 20th Anniversary week

October 24th, 2019
Center for Documentary Studies

Durham, NC

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87th Highlander Homecoming

September 21st, 2019

New Market, TN
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Pink Menno 10th Anniversary Party

W/ This little light

July 4th, 2019

Kansas City, MO
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National education association

Conference on Racial & Social Justice

July 1st, 2019

Houston, TX

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Roxbury International Film Festival

June 28th, 2019
Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Boston, MA
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Graduate career Consortium Annual Conference

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

New Orleans, LA
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Mystic Soul Conference

June 7-9th, 2019

Chicago, IL

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Kansas Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution at Bethel College
April 14th, 2019
North Newton, KS

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Queer South Revival - Southerners on New Ground
March 16, 2019
Highlands, NC

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New Orleans Center for The GUlF South

at Tulane University
March 14th, 2019
New Orleans, LA

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Community Screening & Storycircle:
Lifeskills at crescentcare
March, 2019
New Orleans, LA

Creating Change 2019

January 23rd & 26th, 2019

Detroit, MI
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Community Screening & Storycircle:
Center for Ethical Living & Social Justice Renewal

December 16th, 2018
New Orleans, LA

Community Screening:
Black pride education Empowerment series

November 17, 2018
New Orleans, LA

Milwaukee Film Festival

October 25th, 30th, 31st, 2018
Milwaukee, WI

Cream City Competition

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African American Film Festival

 October 24th, 2018

Washington, D.C.

Documentary Feature Competition

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New Orleans Film Festival

October 19th & 20th, 2018

New Orleans, LA

Special Jury Mention – Best Louisiana Feature
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Alternate ROOTS - ROOTS Week 2018
August 8th, 2018
Arden, NC

Work in progress screening

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