3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 13 minutes
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What must it be like to live your life in fear simply because of the color of your skin? Sadly, this is still a problem in today’s world, as director Ayassi vividly demonstrates with his biting short film “Afro Deutsch.” Combining a simple narrative with elements of a long form German rap music video, “Afro Deutsch” consists of nothing more than a young African-American man fleeing from a pack of toughs and skinheads, only to face them down by film’s end. Ayassi juxtaposes this simple chase with a chilling assortment of disturbing images to create a haunting urban ode. “Afro Deutsch” seethes with a barely restrained, yet plaintive rage that manages to invoke vaguely nauseating yet bewildering feelings of guilt and anger about our cruelty to our fellow man.

Posted on February 6, 2002 in Reviews by

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