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Adrian Burrell's thesis film featured on The New Yorker

The film tells the multigenerational story of a society that deprives Black Americans of success
Still from The Game God(s) (2021) by Adrian Burrell

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.

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