WHERE BRANCHES BREAK is a dynamic metaphor for the current state of the Black family in the United States. The Black family, in a larger sense, has many broken branches of people that are forgotten, incarcerated, dead or have left regions looking for better opportunity. The film follows Abraham, named after the biblical father willing to sacrifice his son, Issac, for God. In our current story, Abraham is a homeless convict who is disconnected from family by spending decades in jail. After stealing an Uber, Abraham becomes a driver who picks up passengers to rob and kill. Abraham soon picks up Issac and through a conversation of connecting the dots, Issac is told they may be related. Are they related? Is Abraham willing to sacrifice his son for his God of Survival? Through years of migrating out of the South, Black people are keenly aware that they have relatives they have never met or heard of, thus exposing a vulnerability. Abraham, is not just a criminal, he is a complex man with an understanding of history and his own need to be opportunistic on those that are most vulnerable. Us. With every broken branch, the cycle continues.
LA SHORTS (Oscar Qualifying Festival); Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival; Capital City Black Film Festival; Official Latino Short Film Festival; Audience Awards Dramatic Short; Black Web Fest