About The Film.

Set Yourself on Fire is a documentary exploring what it means to invite survivors to be heard and to be believed. Rape is a violent act that’s hidden itself in the tiny fabrics of our many cultures, begging us to normalize it. It too often goes unpunished because it’s main job has been to keep patriarchy intact, exposing those who, to the patriarchy, do not matter. This documentary is giving voice back to those who’ve been told they do not matter. And we believe them.

Darnell Lamont Walker traveled the world, visiting South Africa, the United Kingdom, and his home country, USA, talking with survivors, their family, their friends, and experts on the subject, collecting footage to eventually make this film. Walker recruited Tonja Renée Stidhum to help produce, knowing she would be able to contribute greatly with her talents and skills, and they created this conversation about rape and sexual assault.
For many of those voices featured in this documentary, it is their first time speaking of their assault. For others, it became way to help others make it through those dark times that come.

 

“Our hope is that this film at least begins a conversation or twenty,” Walker says.

The title, Set Yourself on Fire, comes from Warsan Shire’s well known poem, “In Love and War.” She says,

 

” To my daughter I will say, ‘when the men come, set yourself on fire’.”

DIRECTED BY Darnell Lamont Walker

FILM STUDIO NAME evolutionary press films SHOT ON LOCATION IN South Africa, United Kingdom, U.S.A. EDITED BY Joey Blackburn MUSIC BY Lordell Rush II EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Tonja Renée Stidhum EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Darnell Lamont Walker CONCEPT AND DIRECTED BY Darnell Lamont Walker