Strange Fruit is a short awarded animation exposing racism, lynching and the way we grow up… But here’s how the creators of the film put it:
“The peaceful daily routine of father and son is interrupted by an encounter of an unfamiliar boy, different from them in color. An allegory to the phenomena of racism as an acquired cultural epidemic, the story discusses the question of the personal conscience of each of us, versus the education we receive from our families and environment. Can we really insist on our personal belief system, when what we must believe in, is dictated to us? The film presents how easily we acquire fear and hatred of foreigners, as well as how easily we might become the “strangers” and “others” ourselves.“
Too blunt, right? Well, that’s how racism feels. The film’s connotations are so fierce you just can’t ingore them. Both the title and the animation is an attempt to re-visualize this lynching story from a kiddish perspective. After watching the film, try listening to Billie Holiday singing the respective “anthem”.
And if you’re bold enough, get to know more about the…”social phenomenon” of lynching in the US a long time ago. Let us not let it thrive nowadays. Oh, and cudos to the creators of “Strange Fruit”, great work!
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