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Two Distant Strangers
Martin Desmond Roe and Travon Free

This Oscar-winning short film examines prejudice, stereotyping, racial profiling and police violence. Trapped in a time loop, the black graphic designer Carter James has to go through his worst nightmare over and over again. Every morning, when James wakes up and puts a step in the streets of New York City, he is confronted by a white police officer for smoking Marijuana. Every bag search ends with officer Merk killing him brutally. Will James be able to break the vicious circle? Following the death of George Floyd, the film acts as a response to the deaths of African Americans at the hands of police officers.

This short film addresses themes of police brutality and racial profiling, both extremely important and current topics to be discussed in the classroom. Due to the topicality and its length of only 28 minutes, the film is suitable for every classroom scenario – double-lesson or unit, project week on BlackLivesMatter or interdisciplinary teaching with the subjects of Ethics, Social Science, Politics and History. Caution FSK 16: The short film shows violent scenes, which might be disturbing for younger pupils. Thus, it should rather be shown and discussed with students aged 16 or older.

· · 2020

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Two Distant Strangers. Directed by: Martin Desmond Roe, Travon Free; Dirty Robber, NowThis, Six Feet Over, 2020. 28 min., FSK 16

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  • Addresses current affairs
  • Award-winning
  • Interdisciplinary or cross-curricular teaching
  • Silenced voices