The world may slowly be waking up to the devasting toll of inequality and police brutality affecting Black people, but director Kelly Fyffe-Marshall’s Black Bodies makes it clear the time for sleep is over. In her powerful and beautifully poetic short film, Fyffe-Marshall takes on the senseless killing of Black men and women at the hands of the police. Utilizing sparse staging, as events unfold in one room, the film weaves together a performance piece that is both honest and heart-wrenching. Fyffe-Marshall’s spry camerawork and the performances by Donisha Prendergast and Komi Olaf, whose poetry is the light that guides the film, effectively captures the unrelenting trauma that Black bodies endure for simply existing. Black Bodies is an urgent cry for society to address the injustices that have been staring them in the face for years.

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