When They Could Fly
2006, 28 min.
Texas Black Film Festival, 2007
Best Short Film and Best Over All Film Award
Buffalo Niagara Film Festival in Buffalo NY 2007
Best Drama Award
Cityvisions, New York 2006
Best Production Design Award
|Samuel Freeman||Robert Johnson|
|Mean Overseer||Andy Locklair|
This poetic film is a cinematic adaptation of a magical folktale, which uses the period of American slavery as a stage to show how people can survive and overcome the most extreme experiences by the power of their own will. In the film, a group of slaves on a South Carolina cotton plantation learn that people in Africa practice magic, and have developed the ability to fly. This idea of transcendence is a necessity for human existence in times when there is nothing else to believe in. Here, our protagonist holds on to this magical belief, and it changes the group’s shackled lives.