Adrian Burrell's thesis film featured on The New Yorker
Adrian Burrell’s 2021 thesis film Game God(s) is featured in The New Yorker. The film tells the multigenerational story of a society that deprives Black Americans of success.
Watch here and read the story behind the film: Shaking the Foundations of the American Dream. Below is an excerpt:
“The Game God(S)” is keenly aware of this precariousness of Black existence, and of the way that the past often makes appearances in the present. In her monologue, Nzinga lays a reference to modern-day men throwing dice alongside one to the 1923 Rosewood massacre, in which a white mob levelled a prospering Black neighborhood in Florida. “I wanted to create a meditation that forces us to hold history and its afterlives in the same vessel. A film that troubles the archive and doesn’t allow for simple endings,” Burrell wrote, in a director’s statement. There are indeed no simple endings in the film, only complex truths that are sometimes hard to stomach but are well worth telling.