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Black Sheep

Synopsis
Short documentary following the story of Cornelius Walker after the murder of 11-year-old Damilola Taylor in November 2000. Cornelius, also aged 11 and with Nigerian parents, lived nearby. His mother, fearing for Cornelius’s safety, moved the family out of London and he suddenly found himself living on a white estate among many racists: "I didn’t know if I wanted to be black or white" recalls Cornelius.
The film, comissioned by The Guardian newspaper, explores questions about ethnicity and identity and the compromises people make to fit in. It won the best short documentary award at the Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2018 and has been short listed for the 2019 Oscars. [27 minutes]
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
2018
Subjects
Social Studies
Keywords
identity; teenagers; racism; masculinity; 2000s

Online availability

URI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-Y5zvnDxsI
Price
Free
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Director
Ed Perkins
Contributor
Cornelius Walker

Distributor

Name

Guardian, The

Email
film@theguardian.com
Web
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Phone
020 3353 2000
Address
Kings Place, 90 York Way
London
N1 9GU
United Kingdom
Name

YouTube

Web
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