Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. William Barber II face emanates neon purple rays against a background of dark blue with dark teal concentric pentagonal shapes that subtly meet one another to create a cohesive pattern as they radiate out in to space. Race Forward Presents Facing Race: A National Conference.

In “Other,” a short film that premiered today (November 28) on Shadow and Act, director Xavier Burgin and writer and actress Vanessa Baden Kelly explore the ways Black people contort themselves in White spaces. In it, Kelly’s character experiences recognition in truthful conversations with Black peers, and frustration in unhelpful and avoidant exchanges with White neighbors following the 2017 Unite the Right rally. Viewers are privy to her inner monologue as she twists and turns through compromising situations.

As Burgin told Shadow and Act: ”If you’ve ever seen a tragedy happen to the Black community and how you talk about it with your Black friends/family/spouses is vastly different than how you’d speak about it with your White counterparts…this is a film for you.” Watch the short above.