other is a short film about a black woman who struggles with her feelings as she navigates white spaces in the aftermath of the white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia. As a black woman, mother, and wife, she must face unconcerned neighbors, unaware colleagues, and clueless strangers who make containing her hurt, rage, and sorrow almost unbearable. A chance meeting with a barista offers her only respite. Written/Starring Vanessa Baden Kelly. Directed by Xavier Burgin.



Other was not created to induce guilt or illicit sympathy. It is simply a window into the black psyche, a look at the two voices Black America retains. The day of or after traumatic experiences we collectively mourn. We wonder if there will ever be a day our humanity will be given, not awarded after war. We are filled with anxious terror at what this world holds for our children. Other is a hug to all of us. And a guide to our allies on how to, maybe, not say stupid sh*t.

Featured In:  SHADOW & ACT | BOSSIP


Vanessa Baden Kelly
RJ Kelly
Mansa Wakili
Ryder Kelly
Carissa Kosta
Kaylee Bardin
Chris Hyancinthe
Edward Voccola
Jed Rapp Goldstein
Melissa Ugas

Written by Vanessa Baden Kelly
Directed by Xavier Burgin
Executive Producers: Vanessa Baden Kelly, RJ Kelly
Producer: Christina Bachelor, James Bland
1st AD: Jacob Gray
2nd AD: Alecsa Agbayani
Key Grip: Jacob Gray
Sound: Phillip Ta
AP: Chad Johnson, Takara Joseph
Editor: Erial Tompkins
Sound Design: Erik Magnus
Original Music: Mansa Wakil

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