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So You Wanna Be Black?!

average rating is 3 out of 5


Jason Knight


Posted on:

Jan 17, 2023

Film Reviews
So You Wanna Be Black?!
Directed by:
Daniel Glenn-Barbour
Written by:
Daniel Glenn-Barbour
Gareth Mort, Tiffany Thomas, James Sowle

A young Causasian man faces challenges due to his relationship with a black woman.


Gareth (Mort) is in a happy romantic relationship with Sandra (Thomas). However, there is also trouble, as their interracial relationship occasionally draws the unwanted attention of racist individuals. On top of that, Gareth has to deal with his racist stubborn uncle (Sowle), who disapproves of his nephews's willingness to date a black person.


Racism plays a big part in this short drama uses an interracial romance in order to explore racism and the racism is shown being addressed to a white person (Mort) by a black person and being addressed to a black person (Thomas) by a white person. Gareth's uncle appears to represent what typical racist might be like, which is a person who sees things the way they want to see them and refusing to view them from another perspective.


The film is separated into two chapters: 'Love' and 'Hate' and the screenplay emphasises these two words. The Love chapter consists of a barbecue that is attended by Gareth and Sandra and several others. They chat and enjoy themselves, then the atmosphere changes when a black stranger approaches the couple and proceeds to pick on Gareth for being Caucasian. The Hate chapter begins by introducing Gareth's uncle, his racist ideas and how he unsuccessfully attempts to convince his nephew to share his point of view. The story then moves to the couple somewhere outdoors, where two Caucasian strangers proceed to insult Sandra because of her race. The film contains a great deal of racist bullying and explores the strong bond between the couple, who refuse to let others get between them.


There some aerial shots that look wonderful thanks to creative cinematography and the songs that make up the soundtrack were a good choice.


This short deals with racism, interracial relationships and nationality. It explores the racism that can be inflicted upon an interracial couple by both Caucasian and black culprits and it points out that the positive feelings that people have for each other can keep them strong and united.

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Jason Knight
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