Watch the short film that shocked and took this year’s festivals by storm


Directed by Eslam Hozayen, “In A Parallel Universe” is a dramatic short film that takes a look at an alternate reality in America where black people have succeeded in creating their own nation in the North with whites as slaves.

With Thompson Jaah, Fatah Kouraan, Fatu Konneh Bryce Bohne, the film tackles a sensitive subject with balance and nuance. While the film may evoke strong feelings from the crowd aligned with the Red States, it is first and foremost a piece of fantasy art and therefore should only be understood from the perspective of historical fiction. and alternative history.

The acting is good and Hozayen does a good job of weaving different narratives around the central idea. The cinematography is rich, and the creative team use a plethora of different visual ideas to tell the story. Of particular richness are the outdoor photos bathed in sunshine as our protagonist takes a tour through the alternate world where blacks have emerged victorious from the race war. Additionally, the interview with a black leader that goes slowly very badly for the white interviewer also provides an interesting perspective on the overall narrative.

Part art and essay and historical revisionism, In A Parallel Universe reverses the roles of the old white-African-American conflict and shows us a world where African-Americans have succeeded in establishing their own free state. With whites as slaves, the film is a powerful reminder of what generations of African Americans
must have felt when hundreds of thousands of them were ravaged, tortured, abused and killed during the centuries of slavery that persisted in the Americas.

Hozayen has created a unique film that shows uncomfortable truths from an African American perspective and therefore could help white Americans understand more about the tremendous trauma that African Americans have gone through and still go through to this day. The film captured the hearts of festivals in the UK, US and Canada.

Singapore and India; it also received a lot of negative feedback, but that’s something you’d expect from a concept as provocative as this. Hozayen recently posted the acclaimed project on his online platforms, including Instagram; where the short has gained nearly nine thousand views since its publication earlier Friday morning.

It can be viewed here

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