T the new movie from debbie tucker green is a dazzling hybrid work of art, combining filmed theater, location sets and installation style presentation, with a cast including Lashana Lynch (soundtrack)interpretation of 007 in No time to die), Arinze Kene and Carmen Munroe. It is about the black British experience and its connection to American history and the larger context of empire and exploitation. three-part prose poem. In the first, with actors positioned on what appears to be a dark scene, a series of encounters and confrontations are organized, sometimes according to gender or generation criteria, around the reality of violence and the ever-present threat. of the police. A mother tells her son to be proud, but also not to be arrogant, and not to court trouble. He is naturally angry. Another young man confronts his father about the Civil Rights Generation and its failure to overcome institutionalized racism. Munroe has a tremendous air of spiritual defiance in the face of brutality.
In la second section, maybe lHe keynote speech, Lynch plays a polite sociology student who came to his teacher (played with smug and frightening calm by Demetri Goritsas) about his flippant take on a school massacre, evidently by a white "lone wolf " culprit, with blacks among his victims. She challenges him over his obtuse insistence on the abuser's troubled family life, and instead advances her reading of the politics and the social context - and finds that the professor is defensive and hostile and even ends up letting it go. 'accuse of appearing "aggressive" just as the police do. (The The Sarah Everard case incidentally gave the white public food for thought on all of this.) It 'sa terribly hard watch, crackling with tension.
The third part (what I consider to be "the installation") mybeing white people simply reading aloud the brutally racist laws in force in the 19th century United States to the end of the Jim Crow laws in the 1960s, dramatically transforming into yet another ensemble of actors performance. ear for an eye subjects racism to a complex act of dramatic scrutiny.