The Oscar-winning short film. In a small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10 year old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.
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I had read that this won the Academy Award for best live action short so I rented it, knowing nothing else about it. All I can say is "WOW" !!!! This will punch you in the gut. Acting is fantastic but the concept and story are first rate. To say more would ruin it, so just watch it and be stunned into silence.
...and I'm a white guy. I feel seriously bad for the kid... the point is he was just doing what his daddy taught him. Powerful film. If any man of any color hates another man just because of his color, then he deserves the lesson taught at the end of this film. Also, turn off the "news"... ALL media is now engineered and SCRIPTED to get us all to hate one another. They bring race into everything to stoke anger on both sides. I see it every day in how they word headlines/news story links on the internet. Wake up people! We're being played... against one another. Those who seek to control us care for NONE of us. BE SMARTER. Love Is The Answer. Love Is Colorblind. My Sincerest Best to Whomever Is Reading This. Peace & Love.
I watched this a few weeks ago and at first I was stunned. I was literally sitting there with my mouth hanging open. I lived in a small, racially divided town in my early childhood so I could picture the initial situation. I would recommend this to anyone; it will really make you think about the lasting consequences of actions for everyone involved, especially the young. What you do will shape your children for life and may destroy their life. There are things no child should have to live with.
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2019
Okay, try your best to set aside political messaging and your personal feelings one way or another, and just look at this film agnostically as a piece of cinematic art. In this regard I thought it was superb. The minimalism and brevity intensified the impact of the story. Had there been a lot of other extraneous details and rabbit trails, it would have diluted the impact. One measure of art is when it is no more or less than it needs to be.
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2021
SPOILERS....DO NOT read before watching.
Listen....the part of this movie where the pinnacle of violence happens...pissed me off SO bad. Like, I get it...a vicious and violent gang is attacking your man....but you really don't have it in you to tell 911 where you are?? The writing during that portion was SO unrealistic. That is just NOT how black women would respond. There is a history of trauma that is ingrained...so in those moments that you have been EDUCATED on since you could toddle around...you are taught how to keep your senses about you. It's horrifying but it's real... So that part made me want to hurl my computer out the window. Now outside of that..... the "retribution" exacted .... was so perfect, I can't even begin to describe how satisfying it was.
Simple. Profound. And to watch and see how these separate acts of violence and "retribution" were being closely watched and ingrained by the next gen was utterly devastating and compelling.
Without giving anything away, I find the TIME it must have taken to 're-configure' the one man, into a different vision, was a gamble . . . but it paid off!!! It's WAY sad that the media plays gatekeeper on what WE are supposed to be thinking. I see the races getting along very well FOR THE MOST PART AND THE MAJORITY, certainly not a reflection of isolated instances of stupidity. The ending was deserving to 'that' idiot, my only wish is it never should even come to any of this. As Iam sure ALL of us agree. If someone can't smile to someone else for fear of retaliation, then we are no more evolved than THE LORD OF THE FLIES. Peace to all of us.
A short version of "The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas", this snapshot of ignorance, hatred, privilege, and revenge, may evoke strong emotions. However, it does not answer the most basic questions of the story. What was done legally to address confrontation at the store? How did the boy return home after the abduction? What group of downcast people has the ability and organization to locate and punish just one of the culprits in such strategic way. Maybe, as a short film, it was not intended to go too deeply. At any rate, movies of wishful thinking, fantasies or hopes of some inkling of balance, may be all some have to cling to in a climate of depravity based solely on skin color. Could it be that the bit of reality from this film is the affect wickedness has on children and that each generation is likely to continue the cycles of cruelty?