The Circle

    • Lanre Malaolu
    • United Kingdom
    • 2019
    • 15 min
    • International Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary
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    If you grow up as a black kid in a Hackney, East London housing project, you face prejudice all your life. Choreographer and filmmaker Lanre Malaolu knows this only too well. His short film is a portrait of two 17-year-olds who live in his neighborhood, the twins David and Sanchez Smith. They talk about their relationship, their family, the problems they face, their mental health, their dreams and other sensitive topics.

    The boys aren’t used to being this open. By incorporating modern dance in the portrait, Malaolu manages to delve deeper and reveal the soft side beneath their tough exterior. The gap between how they’re perceived and how they feel inside determines both the form of and the subject of the film. All isn’t what it seems, as even gloomy Hackney is bursting with ideas.

    Credits

    • 15 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: English
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Lanre Malaolu
    Production
    Elizabeth Benjamin
    Executive producer
    Lisa Marie Russo for Doc Society
    Cinematography
    Monika Jastrzębska
    Editing
    Monika Jastrzębska
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    IDFA history

    2019
    International Premiere
    IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

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