this WORLD is NOT my OWN




Mythical forest creatures, chewing gum sculptures, handmade dolls, a firebrand wrestler, a Kuwaiti art school for kids, a wealthy arts patron, a notorious murder case and the segregated south – it’s all part of Nellie Mae Rowe’s fantastical universe. This World is Not My Own reimagines this self-taught artist’s world and her life spanning the 20th century.




The Filmmakers


Petter Ringbom
Director & Cinematographer

Petter’s feature documentary, The Russian Winter, followed musician John Forté’s Russian odyssey after release from prison. His film, Shield and Spear, examined freedom of expression in South Africa. Petter’s films have screened at Tribeca, IDFA, Hot Docs, Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Hammer Museum, Miami Art Basel and Moscow International Film Festival. He has been a Film Independent Fast Track Fellow, a Gotland Film Lab resident at the Ingmar Bergman Estate and a Berlinale Talent.


Ruchi Mital

In 2014, Ruchi produced the feature documentary, We Could Be King, which won the Emmy for Outstanding Sports Documentary. Her next film, Sky Ladder: The Art Of Cai Guo-Qiang, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Ruchi returned to Sundance in 2019 with the feature documentary, This is Personal, which examined the promise and challenges of an intersectional feminist movement. This Spring, HBO airs a four-part documentary series Ruchi produced over more than three years, The Case Against Adnan Syed.


Marquise Stillwell
Executive Producer

Marquise Stillwell is the executive producer for Shield and Spear, The New Bauhaus, and a number of short films. He is the founder of Openbox, a design consultancy that provides talent and resources into ambitious and innovative ventures. He has contributed to various programs at the Joyce Theatre, the New Museum, and MCA Denver. He currently sits on the board of the Andrew Goodman Foundation and the Lowline Underground Park.