Directed by Ciani Rey Walker
USA | 18 min
When they learn their friend has kidnapped a cop on the night of MLK Jr.’s assassination, two sisters and leaders of the Black Panther Party must set aside their differences to navigate one of the most turbulent nights in history.
As a writer/director, my goal is three-fold: to keep audiences curious about the world we live in, thorough in the search for truth, and above all, treasuring human connection of all voices, cultures, and time periods. The world around us is changing, and it is far past time for us to be on the right side of history.
To me, any free moment spent in the ocean, on a surfboard or in a kayak at the mercy of the currents, is a perfect one (wipeouts included, you know not humility until mother nature sends that wave)- just as discovering a new underground streetwear brand to drop a jaw at- just as being swept into another world by the pages of a good book. There’s a peculiar beauty of the latter these days as it seems we don’t even need a book for that. The world around us is changing. With all of the powerful movements from Me Too to the ongoing battle for civil rights, people are choosing human connection over prejudice, love over hate, and most powerfully, knowledge over ignorance. Not just proclaimed activists, everyone. My place among them in this change is through storytelling. Filmmaking has been pulsing through my veins since I was 13, and validated by being selected as a Featured Filmmaker for Dear Rose (the story of a school shooting from the parents’ perspective) followed by being the recipient of two prestigious grants the next year for Misfits (a story of the Black Panther Party in the 60s from the perspective of two sisters). Now, when audiences consume art to escape the world we live in, they’ll want to be immersed in a world inhabited by the voices they’re fighting for. And further, to be educated on the brokenness hidden behind shallow news headlines and dated stereotypes. I plan to give them that content.