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A harrowing drama that delves into corporate racial prejudice.
4/5

Review

Paul Barasa’s short drama film boldly tackles the pervasive issue of corporate prejudice and discrimination. Through the compelling performance of Daniel Oluwayomi as Jamal, the film explores an all too familiar scenario of changing one’s name to assimilate into a less ethnic identity in order to secure a job interview. The narrative expertly showcases Jamal’s unwavering determination to confront the inequalities he faces, particularly in his interactions with Stephane Tremblay’s antagonist.

A particularly poignant scene in the film is when Jamal catches a disheartening glimpse at the notes of the job interview, highlighting the stark reality of discriminatory practices and sparking crucial discussions around inequality.

Both Daniel Oluwayomi and Stephane Tremblay deliver commendable performances, capturing the complexities of their characters and actively engaging viewers in the emotional journey of their experiences. Their authenticity enhances the film’s impact and effectively conveys the urgency of the issue at hand.

Jelan Maxwell’s cinematography further impresses, skillfully capturing the visual essence of the story. The film’s aesthetic choices highlight the juxtaposition between the corporate world and Jamal’s struggle, fostering a deeper understanding of his plight.

The film concludes with a harrowing statistic that conveys the severity of the issue: applicants with “white sounding names” are 50% more likely to be contacted than those with “typical black names.” This fact leaves a lasting impact, reinforcing the urgent need for change and encouraging viewers to reflect on systemic biases and their personal roles in dismantling them.

Paul Barasa’s short film is an impactful and thought-provoking exploration of corporate prejudice and discrimination. Through powerful performances, impressive cinematography, and a timely narrative, the film serves as a call to action for addressing and challenging these inequalities in our society. It is a powerful reminder of the importance of inclusivity and equal opportunities for all.

Jim Harris Short Racism Film

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