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Synopsis

This debut feature film, written, choreographed and directed by its leading man, the black dancer Rodreguez King-Dorset, shows a creative dance artist in a desperate search for identity in a white-dominated country.

The film depicts the lives of two boys in England in the 1980s, one a newly arrived African, the other an Afro-Caribbean, and highlights the ethnic tensions between their respective groups. The young black Briton, Lewis, has to face scorn and misunderstanding from his father when he tries to become a professional dancer. Lewis has a close friendship with the African, Ramsey, and a rewarding relationship with an Afro-Caribbean girlfriend, Maudi. His African friend is imprisoned for a killing he was forced into in sheer self-defence, and this only adds to Lewis’s confusion. He sets out to create a solo dance, which embodies some of his emotions.

Finally he shows himself being questioned by an external examiner in the final stages of his thesis for a DPhil. He makes a spirited defence of his views to a sceptical examiner and the film shows in flashbacks some of what is going on in his head as he formally protests to his examiner.

Details

Year
2006
Type of film
Features
Running Time
64 mins
Format
16mm
Director
Rodreguez King-Dorset 1st Feature
Producer
Oris Egbunike
Editor
Mikkel Buda Svak, Jim Bambrick
Screenwriter
Rodreguez King-Dorset
Director of Photography
Gerry Vasbenter, Sam Goldie
Music
Wayne Ellington
Principal Cast
Rodreguez King-Dorset, Naomi James, Andati Ajinzea, Troy John

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Production Company

Black Solidarity Films
Flat 2, 14 The Quadrant Road
Richmond
Surrey TW9 1DH
UK

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