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Black Lives, Black Voices: TEST PATTERN

February 14 - March 29

You can watch Test Pattern right here, right now

Test Pattern is part of Black Lives, Black Voices, a micro-festival of current films by Black filmmakers exploring issues of racial justice and Black identity. Other films in the series include Our Right to Gaze, The Inheritance, and The Lady Who Swings the Band.

Part psychological thriller, part realist drama, this exhilarating debut feature from Shatara Michelle Ford, Test Pattern offers a Black woman’s perspective on institutional racism and misogyny, inequitable healthcare, and issues of sex and consent.

An interracial couple whose relationship is put to the test after a Black woman is sexually assaulted and her white boyfriend drives her from hospital to hospital in search of a rape kit. Their story reveals the systemic injustices and social conditioning women face when navigating sex and consent within the American patriarchy. Winner of top prizes at the BlackStar and New Orleans Film Festivals, this gripping social thriller offers a unique exploration of institutional racism and sexism from a Black female point of view. (82 min)

“A must-see gem. One of the year’s first true discoveries.” –Indiewire
“Offers a fresh way of examining sexual assault and its aftermath on screen, one that feels just as emblematic of its moment as Thelma & Louise.” –Film Comment
“A searing, yet nuanced, interrogation of the racism and sexism baked into our society at every level… Strikingly punctuates the detachment of realist drama with the expressionism of psychological horror.” – Slant Magazine

 


FUNDED IN PART BY A GRANT FROM THE BLOOMINGTON URBAN ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION


 

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Start:
February 14
End:
March 29