After multiple encounters with her bully and a little academic inspiration, an African-American teen girl ﬁnally stands up for herself against classmates that question her cultural identity.
For most people, the image of an afro symbolizes a political statement in all historical and social
contexts. As people of various cultures walk this earth, we have interactions that hurt us, change
us, heal us, and test our strongest preconceived notions of each other. This short challenges
monolithic ideas of identity from a multicultural lens while weaving in the stories of diverse
Dir. Jenn Shaw.
The glorious mission of filmmaking is the ability to seamlessly travel to an exact moment in time that evokes a powerful conversation.
"Afro" is a short film that dares to provoke that conversation. The concept brings young girls' vulnerability to the forefront through an entertaining yet bold character-driven narrative.
"Afro" examines culture through the lens of a young African- American high-schooler. The plot features a fresh, comedic storyline that introduces the intersectionality of feminism, race, and self-acceptance. The film has a creative direction that will feel of unrehearsed moments as the plot advances through a series of increasingly tension-filled complications making the film viscerally thrilling and, ultimately, more emotionally satisfying.
The script for "Afro" was a finalist for Issa Rae's 2016 Color Creative New Normal Contest and 2019 Women in Media CAMERAderie Initiative. We were very lucky to have veteran star Debra Wilson cameo in the film with our young, talented break-out cast.
Over 85% of the crew were women and women were heads of ALL DEPARTMENTS on the production and most of these leads were women of color.