Traction: Short Film Review

Rory Uphold's Traction is a five-minute short film that takes a shot at the systematic racism in America. She's a white filmmaker who isn't attempting to contexttualize the subject – like many of the other white filmmakers. 

Short Film

Uphold's take on the subject comes from a very realistic scenario. A first date that's going very well takes an unexpected turn when a few racist jokes creep into the conversation. The conversation is light, unforced and absoltely relatable. Uphold plays herself and Ahmed Bharoocha plays her date. Both actors do a fine job first at the witty date banter, and then when the awkwardness ensues. But quickly takes a downward turn. The jokes aren't blatantly offensive, but stem from years of societal racism

The twist at the end of the film actually makes the short an absolute winner. You need to watch the film to enjoy the beauty with which Rory Uphold makes her point. 

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