thistles and thorns


Thistles and Thorns is a multi-modal storytelling experience that follows the symbolic trials and tribulations of a black woman’s journey through foreign landscapes and self discovery. Her character, through the film, transforms from a young woman into a goddess.

The film speaks both directly and indirectly about struggle, perseverance, and overcoming obstacles. Ancestral strength and the passing of the torch to future generations also plays a key role in the piece’s conceptual development.


ANIMI is excited to launch an exclusive experience of Thistles and  Thorns on the StandardVision's incredible four story LED facade May 8th, 2017. 

StandardVision produces innovative display technology and collaborates with ground-breaking contemporary artists to bring engaging and relevant visual content to live audiences around the globe. 

Location:  901 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

MAY 8TH 2017



"A few months ago I reached out to Kalie Acheson of ANIMI to ask if she'd like to create a small poetry video or short film. I told her I'd love to work on a project that was centered around powerful queer black women, solidarity & sisterhood, travel, and some sort of magical realm or mysticism - essentially everything Black Girl Magic.

What I thought would be a small passion project turned into a whole production with all the bells and whistles including a short film, children's book, and art installation! Creating this project with Kalie and everyone at ANIMI has been a dream, I'm so excited for everyone to see it.”

-Yazmin Monet Watkins


"...Now that I had my coalition of warrior women, we needed to hammer out the concepts and details. Yazmin’s poetic voice roared with a desire to tell a story for young black women growing up in our current political environment. Concurrently, she wished to pay homage to her ancestors and the women who have inspired her.

I wanted to translate her ideas into the form of a children’s narrative inspired by limitless imagination, whimsy, and beauty. I’m driven by children's stories and how they wear their morals on their sleeves.”

- Kalie Acheson