About this submission
This is a short film about a Somali refugee living in Maine who fears for her life, so tries to buy a gun to defend herself.
I had three goals writing this. One, I wanted to explore gun culture from the outside in, but also address what it means to adopt the American social stance on firearms. Two, I wanted to respond to the vitriol and random violence towards refugees and ethnic minorities in our brave new America. Three, I wanted to try to write characters outside of my own experience. I'm a straight white guy from Maine and I want to feel more comfortable writing outside my experience.
I am almost ready to go into pre-pro on this, but it's missing something. It is the middle of a sensitivity read by a Somali actor, and I will definitely lean on her for cultural accuracy. But I am curious as to how successful it is in achieving the three goals I outlined above. And also, what's missing? Something isn't quite right with it, but I can't put my finger on it.