By general consensus, this is college; a dynamic, optimistic hive for positive outcomes. But this facet alone is not the whole truth. College is a very fragile moment on the precipice of change. It is a knife that cuts both ways, and where there are gains, there are equivalent losses. The underbelly of truth about college is that it can be an inherently isolating experience, one fraught with broken dreams, pressures to conform and jigsaws of identity.
Sanmi Oyenuga, an eighteen year-old college student from Nigeria, is at the confluence of all the pressures the universe levels at college students. In particular, he keenly mourns the loss of a significant part of his previous identity – skateboarding. Documentary student Andrew Tan-Delli Cicchi follows Oyenuga as he moves through his regular college day, opening a compelling discourse on hope, loss, innocence and acceptance. New Slang finds the inherently college-borne dichotomy of “then and now” through the eyes of a skateboarder who no longer has a space to skateboard. With lyrical and emotive videography, the viewer is posed the question of newness, change, and what it really means to grow up.
Andrew Tan-Delli Cicchi was born in Singapore but has lived in countries spanning South East Asia and Australasia. He was deeply involved in the international community of his New Zealand high school, particularly in streamlining the transition of exchange students to Western cultures. In 2013, he worked as a teacher aide for students with mental disability. Now studying at Duke University, his academic interest is in the potential of the personal narrative to open honest discourses. He is majoring in Global Cultural Studies.
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