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Fear of the Neighborhood (03:46)

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Cornelius Walker remembers the day Damilola Taylor was murdered in Peckham. The family moves from London to the country.

New Neighbors (03:22)

Everyone in the town is white. On the way home from the market, a young boy calls Walker a racial slur and starts making monkey sounds. Walker does not want to show weakness in front of his father.

White Racists (06:27)

Two families run the development. Walker describes how fist fights are different in London and Essex. When his mother sees that Walker has been attacked, she blames her husband.

Fitting in to Survive (03:06)

Walker's father becomes angry when he cannot find work in the area. Walker realizes he needed to emulate the other students in order to survive. Physical changes include bleaching skin, purchasing clothing, and wearing blue contact lenses.

Becoming Friends With Racists (03:23)

Walker is no longer considered a threat. He does not say anything after his friends yell racial slurs at a black man.

Relationship With Father (04:49)

Walker discusses how anger at his father made him violent. After kicking a man in the head, Walker feels good that he has finally been accepted by his racist friends.

Credits: Black Sheep (01:28)

Credits: Black Sheep

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Directed by Ed Perkins, Black Sheep tells the story of Cornelius Walker, whose life changed on 27 November 2000?—the day Damilola Taylor was killed. Damilola was 10, the same age as Cornelius. He lived five minutes away. He had the same skin color. Cornelius’s mother, scared for her son’s safety, moved their family out of London. Cornelius suddenly found himself living on a white estate run by racists. But rather than fight them, Cornelius decided to become more like the people who hated him. They became his family and kept him safe. And in return, Cornelius became submerged in a culture of violence and hatred. But as the violence and racism against other black people continued, Cornelius struggled to marry his real identity with the one he had acquired. Filmed with non-actors in locations where the real events took place 15 years ago, Black Sheep blurs the boundaries between documentary and fiction to pose difficult and highly topical questions about race and identity. Who decides what makes us who we are? And what compromises are we prepared to make in order to fit in?

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL188494

ISBN: 978-1-64623-403-5

Copyright date: ©2018

Closed Captioned

Reviews & Awards

Nominated for best short documentary at the 2019 Oscars.

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Not available to Home Video and Publisher customers.


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