Combat Breathing asks the question: what kind of breathing makes survival possible. It is reactive breathing, breathing shaped by the violence experienced, breathing that knows that there is a “desire for [our] breathing to be in chorus with everyone who has ever loved Black women, everyone who has ever decided that the freedom of Black women could be palpable and possible, I want it to be breathing in chorus, and I knew that that would be how I could breathe beyond just responding to violence or the violence that has shaped my experience.”

Alexis Pauline Gumbs

a documentary film by stella rae binion.

16mm. shot w Bolex. fall 2018.