Directed By Xavier B.     

Other is a film about living in two worlds, a reality for most black folk. Our main character must navigate white spaces after another night of police brutality news.  Her experience in dealing with white people after the news spurs on her inner anger but she must contain herself. Her own defined censorship.

Production Credits & Details

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.

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.

Written/Starring Vanessa Baden Kelly
Directed by Xavier B.

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Nominated Best Narrative Short – Terminus Film Festival
Official Selection – 2018 Bronzelens Film Festival
Official Selection – 2018 Bushwick Film Festival
Official Selection – 2018 New Voices in Black Cinema
Official Selection – 2018 San Diego Black Film Festival
Official Selection – 2018 Pan African Film Festival
Jury Winner – Audience Awards BESLA Film Festival

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

Executive Producers: Vanessa Baden Kelly, RJ Kelly
Producer: Christina Bachelor, James Bland
Director of Photography: Diego Madrigal
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


Watch On Youtube: youtu.be/DgwJAFFzaz4

Contact: othershortmovie@gmail.com