A cloud of smoke swells by a building on the corner. An overturned car burns in the street. Three children – an Asian 10-year-old girl, a Black 8-year-old boy and a 7-year-old white girl play with some dirt by the car. A Black thirtysomething man looks at his phone as he stands in the street. Kane Brown walks as the smoke and ash blow past him.
An Asian 12-year-old girl and twelve-year-old white boy fight with two swords in a field by her home. She watches the local news reporter talk about the details of the crash. Her mom holds a plate while her grandma eats at the kitchen table. She looks out the window.
A fiftysomething white woman turns her gaze from the car full of toilet paper. The Asian twelve-year-old girl walks to the horse. A 7-year-old Black girl sits on the horse and waits for her. The Asian twelve-year-old girl walks with the twelve-year-old boy in the field. The Asian 10-year-old girl, Black 8-year-old boy and 7-year-old white girl throw a globe patterned beach ball around. The 12-year-old girl Asian girl rides with the 7-year-old Black girl as the horse walks on the train tracks. A twentysomething man and woman stand blindfolded as they stand by store display and listen to the local news reporter.
The globe patterned beach ball burns. The children walk towards a single flower growing in the pavement. They hold hands as they stand in a circle. Flowers grow within the cracks of the pavement and by the spot of the accident. The adults disappear. The children run to truck. Brown stands with him as he holds a baby.
The Black young man inside the car stayed with her. As a 7-year-old white girl, she wanted to help him and didn’t understand why the fiftysomething white woman walked away. She wasn’t able to pinpoint why it bothered until she was in her teens. However, she knew then she wanted to help minorities. In the court room, she argues for 18-year-old’s bond to be lowered. The judge agrees to it. The 18-year-old man thought he wasn’t going to be able to get out. She says she was going to do all she could. He says it’s something his family can afford.
She walks out of the courtroom. Some things had changed within the decades from the accident. Her generation was aware of white privilege and wanted to open the doors to minorities. Some people she grew up weren’t able to get past the color of someone’s skin. They would’ve assumed the 18-year-old Black man was guilty. However, he was innocent. The video proved it.
The Black girl folds her arms and interjects during a meeting for the dancers. A fiftysomething woman had said “flesh.” As a 7-year-old girl, she had wanted to be a ballerina. However, she has to struggle to find tights for herself. She had quit, thinking she didn’t belong. She explains to the fiftysomething woman why saying flesh was wrong. Times had changed enough that dancewear and cosmetics were inclusive. Any other companies adhering to 2000s era standards were shamed and considered old-fashioned. The virtual meeting ends and she closes her laptop. She takes a walk during her break and talks to her seventysomething neighbor. She whispers “an Asian family” is moving in. The Black girl says she can’t wait to meet them. The seventysomething woman still held racist beliefs from the pandemic. She shakes her head. The seventysomething likely ranted about wearing a mask back then, too. She waves to her neighbor, who was wearing a facemask and calls out for him to “feel better.”
Director: Alex Alvga Year: 2020