Video Review: Iyaz “Solo”

Iyaz walks on the beach in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. He walks on the sidewalk. As a 15-year-old, he walks with his arm around a 15-year-old girl on the way home from school. He guards her as she throws the basketball into the net at the park. She disappears as she dribbles. He walks by himself.

His 15-year-old self pushes her on the swing. A twentysomething woman (the adult version of the 15-year-old) sits on a rock by the beach. In black-and-white, he records in the studio. She puts her arm around him. He walks towards the rock and she fades away. Back in the city, he passes by a mural. He throws the basketball into the net. Back on the beach, he and the twentysomething woman hold hands as they walk on the sand. As 15-year-olds, he puts his arm around her as they sit on a bench.

Rating: 4/5

Iyaz walks by several fiftysomething people on the sidewalk on Main Street. He peeks through the store windows for the twentysomething woman. The last store she worked at told him she quit years ago. He could up her parents. But he didn’t want to know. She could be with someone else by now.

He sits on the bench and watches as the tourists snap pictures. A sixtysomething man asks if he could take a photo for them. He holds up the camera and takes two pictures for them. The sixtysomething man thanks him and walks away. Iyaz thinks of her smiling at him back when they were kids.

Iyaz orders lunch at the restaurant. The twentysomething woman says “Iyaz?” He answers “yes” and then grins. It was the twentysomething woman. The twentysomething woman says she’d been thinking about him lately. Iyaz nods and says he’d been doing the same. The twentysomething woman says she’d thought she’d never see him again. Iyaz tells her he had to come back.

Director: Kai Crawford Year: 2010

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective, 45 Magazine ,Fevers of the Mind, Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology. and forthcoming in Scrawl Place