Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

A DAY IN BLACK AND WHITE

Year: 1999
Country: United States
Run Time: 82 minutes

Playing the race card as smoothly and sneakily as a three-card monte dealer on a busy street corner, Desmond Hall's funky Socratic dialogue-cum-feature breakdances back and forth across America's ethnic dividing-lines, as Michael Grey, a successful black writer, is invited to address students in a big-city high school on the topic of color and racism in the USA. As Michael brainstorms possible speech angles with associates like Richard, a lifelong white buddy (but no pushover), their heated conversations fork off into uproarious sketches, object lessons, and thoughtful subplots ? things that make you go "Hmmm..." all over again, about the O.J. verdict, gangsta rap, interrracial dating, slavery-guilt, nappy hair, DWB, even why the jivey black sidekick is usually doomed to die in mainstream action movies. Hall uses disarming humor ? and hope ? to buoy some particularly heavy subjects, in a film guaranteed to start folks talking.

Screenplay
Desmond Hall.

Director
Desmond Hall

Producer
Jon Gold.

Cinematography
Peter Konczal.

Editing
John Laskas, Colby Parker, Jr.

Principal Cast
Harold Perrineau, Anthony DeSando, Francie Swift, Lonette McKee, Joseph Siravo, Stephanie Berry, David Little.

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