GOOD | How Do You Raise a Black Child? DIRECTED BY SEYI PETER-THOMAS

This contemplative short film, based on the poem by Cortney Lamar Charleston, challenges audiences to ask “How do we save a black child? And what are the elements we must save them from?”

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The visceral and contemplative short film “How Do You Raise a Black Child?” is powerfully narrated and rich in both metaphoric and literal imagery. Based on the poem by Cortney Lamar Charleston, Seyi Peter-Thomas’ short film adaptation follows young Malik and his mother navigating life’s highs and lows while revealing the precarious balance black parents have to strike in order to raise their kids ‘right.’

Through these moments of both tranquility and unsolicited sobriety, the film explores the complexity of Malik’s experiences as a part of a larger conversation on race and community within today’s uneasy social and political climate.

With the popularity of social media and the recent resurgence of social activism through movements like Black Lives Matter, the ugly truths about police brutality and modern racial inequality are front and center throughout American media.

“How Do You Raise a Black Child?” alternatively and implicitly challenges audiences to ask “How do we save a black child? And what are the elements we must save them from?” director Seyi Peter-Thomas says, “It’s a uniquely American conversation, and one we’re all having on some level right now.”

The film was created for Motionpoems’ seventh season of films, each based on poems by black American poets and presented in association with Cave Canem, a home for black poetry.

 

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