And Home We Came

Synopsis: 

This story is a social commentary on a number of subjects: the struggle of the black woman, the oppression of all women, and the injustices in which people of color have fought for since the dawn of American history.

On the surface, the film is centered on an African American girl named Mora who lives in a remote, post-Civil War mansion with two other people: a slightly younger Caucasian girl who Mora considers to be her sister named Luciana, and a slightly older, manipulative and abusive Caucasian man who the both of them call "Father." The story is a thought-provoking surreal character study, observing these three people in this large, unsettling house as Mora and Luciana try to console each other after Father discovers an infuriating poem which he accuses Mora of writing. The film is very dark and intense and almost takes place in its own world, as we never really get to know the backstory of the characters or where they're located as the film takes place.

Beneath the surface, the story is a social commentary that contains many important layers. More specifically, And Home We Came is an in-depth allegory of the dynamic between minorities and the power of the majority throughout history. For the film, I wanted to hone in on the treatment of women in America -- both women of color and white women. Mora is representative of black women/people of color, while Luciana is a reflection of Caucasian women and those who suffer a much different form of oppression, and was given a chance to fight back. Father, on the other hand, is the powerful oppressor who will do whatever he can to keep them beneath him, although he claims he loves and appreciates both equally. The post-Civil War mansion these characters live in is a representation of America; the common home we all share.

Director: 
Ryan Henry Knight - Writer/Director
Writer: 
Ryan Henry Knight - Writer/Director
Cast: 
Serafina Polite - Lead Actress (as Mora) LLoyd Culberson - Lead Actor (as Father) Jolie Snavely - Supporting Actress (as Luciana)
Completion Year: 
2017