UnLonely Film Festival 6

The Conversation

During a date, the time comes for a black man to have The Conversation with his white partner regarding his racial experience.

Consider This

Watch this video to explore the film’s meaning and major themes a bit more. Talking with others about a shared arts experience can enrich our perspectives. Share your thoughts in the comment section, below!

Meet the Filmmaker

What is their why?

“It remains important to me that people experience the film, and all of my work, in whatever way they do and take from it what they will. I made this film to highlight something that I’ve encountered and had to live with, and hope that it allows the audience to see a new perspective and then feel/take from it whatever they do.

People can, and for years have had conversations about race/racial issues and there has been no actual change, growth or true understanding. I think there’s something about the qualities people bring to these conversations that is the ‘thing’. Perhaps I’d like the film to shine a light on that? Perhaps the film could provide an insight or change in perspective that allows people to enter these conversations with other qualities, to foster a more fruitful outcome for all involved.

In terms of the film’s relation to loneliness/isolation… the film highlights The conversations/experiences Black people go through can sometimes feel relentless, never-ending and indeed isolating.”

Lanre Malaolu is a director, choreographer and performance artist interested in developing timely, socially engaged work using a fusion of hip-hop dance, physical theatre and dialogue. His hybrid dance-documentary film THE CIRCLE had its world premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest and was selected for the Open City Doc fest (Nominated for Best UK short film) & IDFA (Nominated for Best Short Documentary). His first film FIGURE, won multiple awards and screened at festivals around the word including the BAFTA-recognized Aesthetica Film festival. He was the choreographer and performance artist on the British Council film DEAR MR. SHAKESPEARE (Sundance film festival 2017).

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