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Special Presentation: Wesley Du’s If I Was Like You

by Latoya Peterson

Wesley Du, creator of the film I wrote about here, has agreed to host to the film on YouTube so that everyone can have a chance to see it. (Thanks Wes!)

Here is the film, parts one and two.

As you formulate your responses, I’d like you to keep a couple things in mind:

1. How much does your race influence how you perceive this film?

2. How does this film factor into the conversations we attempt to have about the Things We Do To Each Other? As in, discussions of interracial tension that occurs between nonwhite groups?

ETA: This movie is going to dredge up some complicated feelings. It is ok to voice these, just like it is ok to be unsure how to feel. But what I am looking for in responses is engagement with the material – why do you feel the way you do? I already received a comment that is a disappointment (that will not be approved), so I want to make this clear – you can feel however you want about this film. However, I want people to articulate why they feel that way(if you are unsure, articulate that too) and what feelings this film brought to the surface. – LDP

Film Festival Pick: If I Was Like You

by Latoya Peterson

One of the reasons I enjoy shorts programs is the sheer variety of content that you see.  After eyeing the selections at the DC APA Film Fest this year, I decided to head over to check out the “You Thought You Had It Tough” series.  While I had originally gone for Excuse My Gangsta Ways (which I discussed over at Jezebel), there was another movie that caught my attention from the first frame: Wesley Du’s If I Was Like You.

(Warning: Massive Spoilers Ahead.  Race is woven into the plot, so I can’t easily discuss the film without revealing the major plot points of the movie.  If you have a chance to see it, I highly suggest you do so.  ) Continue reading