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New York Actor Charles Rodgers hates his Black skin and all the hardship that comes with it. Feeling trapped by his race Charles believes he has found the solution to his problems; change his appearance to that of a White man and in turn erase all that he has ever been to join the group he believes he should be a part of. But is this ever possible?
Our nation is in a rare period. As America debates the vision for its political and social future, there has been massive discourse around identity, privilege, discrimination and what we as a country must do to right the wrongs done to those most marginalized by society. WHITE FACE explores this discourse, following Charles Rogers, who on the surface appears as an antagonist of sorts, an antihero who we initially look at with disgust. But as we search deeper, we find that he is the embodiment of our country's internal struggle to define itself, and the tragic result of our inability to do so without any consensus.
This film shall be the second installment of my artist trilogy, a direct follow-up to to my previous film SPIT, which chronicled the experience of an artist struggling against the stranglehold of modern capitalism. WHITE FACE ups the ante in this exploration and like SPIT, connects my personal experience to the broader context - that we are all struggling to find peace and acceptance in the face of great political and social obstacles. - Mtume Gant
Ashland Independent Film Festival - World Premiere - Nominated Best Short Narrative
Cucalorus Film Festival
Woods Hole Film Festival
HollyShorts Fim Festival
Portland Film Festival
Kinofilm: Manchester International Short Film & Animation Festival
The Lower East Side Film Festival
Coney Island Film Festival
Bushwick Film Festival - Winner Programmers Choice Award
San Francisco Black Film Festival - Winner Best Short Film
BlackStar Film Festival
Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival
Arizona Underground Film Festival
Rainier Independent Film Festival
Harlem International Film Festival - Winner Best Experimental Film
Santa Cruz Film Festival
Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival
Columbus International Film & Video Festival
Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival - Winner Best Actor
Afrikana Independent Film Festival