OTHER is a short film about a black woman who struggles with her feelings as she navigates white spaces in the aftermath of the white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia. As a black woman, mother, and wife, she must face unconcerned neighbors, unaware colleagues, and clueless strangers who make containing her hurt, rage, and sorrow almost unbearable. A chance meeting with a barista offers her only respite.
Other was not created to induce guilt or illicit sympathy. It is simply a window into the black psyche, a look at the two voices Black America retains. The day of or after traumatic experiences we collectively mourn. We wonder if there will ever be a day our humanity will be given, not awarded after war. We are filled with anxious terror at what this world holds for our children. Other is a hug to all of us. And a guide to our allies on how to, maybe, not say stupid sh*t.
Written/Starring Vanessa Baden Kelly
Directed by Xavier B.
BOSSIP - A Short Film About Black America’s Two Voices
SHADOW & ACT - Short Film 'Other' Depicts How A Black Woman Navigates America's 'Two Voices'
COLORLINES: 'Other' Captures Trauma of Being Black in America
Nominated Best Narrative Short - Terminus Film Festival
Official Selection - 2018 Bronzelens Film Festival
Official Selection - 2018 Bushwick Film Festival
Official Selection - 2018 New Voices in Black Cinema
Official Selection - 2018 San Diego Black Film Festival
Official Selection - 2018 Pan African Film Festival
Jury Winner - Audience Awards BESLA Film Festival
Vanessa Baden Kelly
Jed Rapp Goldstein
Executive Producers: Vanessa Baden Kelly, RJ Kelly
Producer: Christina Bachelor, James Bland
Director of Photography: Diego Madrigal
1st AD: Jacob Gray
2nd AD: Alecsa Agbayani
Key Grip: Jacob Gray
Sound: Phillip Ta
AP: Chad Johnson, Takara Joseph
Editor: Erial Tompkins
Sound Design: Erik Magnus
Original Music: Mansa Wakil
Watch On Youtube: youtu.be/DgwJAFFzaz4