Melvonna Ballenger
Rain/(Nyesha) (1978)
From L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema (1971-2006)

Digital video, transferred from 3/4" videotape, b/w

Director Melvonna Ballenger’s Rain (Nyesha) shows how awareness can lead to a more fulfilling life. In the film, a female typist goes from apathetic to empowered through the help of a man giving out political fliers on the street. Using John Coltrane’s song “After the Rain,” Ballenger’s narration of the film meditates on rainy days and their impact. The rain in this short film doesn’t signify defeat, but offers renewal and “a chance to recollect, a cool out.” —Trisha Lendo