In the film “I Am,” Nyah Courtney, 17, lays out her identity, claims it as her own.
Courtney is an artist. She is a pacifist — and a “very patient person,” she adds dryly as a friend picks at her hair with a comb, and another shuffles a set of playing cards in her lap.
A junior at Woodlawn High School, Courtney is currently taking four college courses through a dual-enrollment program: English, psychology, history and physics. She dreams of becoming a concept artist for Ubisoft, a video game company.
And, she says in the film, “I am black.”
“We’re breaking the stereotypes,” Courtney said of her film. “We are our own person, our own beings, we have our own lives....