FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY
“Based on an oral history from the W.P.A. Writers, Tobacco Burn is set thirty-five years before the Civil War at the height of American slavery. The community of a tobacco farm struggles with the arrival of a brutal overseer.”
“Decades before the Civil War, the actions of a brutal overseer spark the fire of revolution on a tobacco farm. When two of the enslaved weigh the complexities of killing their overseer, each develop a different understanding towards violence, acting on which could cost all of them their lives.”
Seeing portrayals of white people and their utter disregard for respect for another human being. If they are black, they have not rights to dignity, nor for their own destiny. They must submit to the wishes and whims of the master. In this story, he seems to half try to be a gentleman. His overseer is leagues away from that description. He is a pig and takes what he feels deserving. Not something I feel is at all acceptable. He is the one who should be held accountable for his behavior. Bear that in mind as you watch each story develop.
I have watched Tobacco Burn so many times a short while back and started writing my film review but I wasn’t ready to finish it. Too much to think about. My mind needed time to sort out just what to say to encourage everyone to see Tobacco Burn. It is a film of the times and a reminder of just how evil people can reach in their souls and not even allow for a glimpse to see how corrupt, sadistic, cruel and lazy they all were who were slave owners and those who benefited from the presence of slaves in the white culture. It became a way of life in the South, people being considered adornments of their property and prosperity. They were the white plantation owners’ property without any rights, not one.
In Tobacco Burn, there are disturbing moments throughout. Some viewers may need to look away. I preferred to cheer and wonder if Hell exists for those special sadists who just didn’t care or give a thought to their contemptable and slimy behavior.
I don’t want to give too much away. It is an important short film which feels like a huge film. It is history in an extremely ugly moment for the white man. There are so many in which to choose.
If this appeals to you, to see a certain justice, you should also try to see the new series Underground. Google for the online location where it can be viewed. I have seen the first two episodes. Never has something like Underground ever been done before now. It is brilliant to see slaves rebel against master, and try to accomplish what seems like an impossible feat to go from slave to Freedom. It is a deadly pursuit.
I know the story I was told of how white people treated black people in the time of slavery. Some things may have changed but I see too much violence against black people and other people of color. For black people, it feels like they are constantly being tested by authorities to prove they are legitimately free or are they still trying to escape and it’s the polices’ duty to bring them to justice with a bullet or a strangle hold or tear gas. When I heard about Trayvon Martin, I felt more than just angry. His murder opened up a window where the world could look in. I think those who are watching are growing. We have to stop the violence. Slavery ended. Stop trying to bring it back by incarcerating as many black people as the police want to and the system canhold.
Watch this film and watch Underground. Eyes will be opened to see strength burst forward. One can only bear their own brutality for so long. Peaceful Non-Violent Protest helps spread the word of good for the ones showing non-violence. Why does it seem Non-violence is too often met with mostly White men turning the hoses back on; metaphorically speaking.
Too many sadists exist in the world. Not being one, is a way to diminish the crowd. Watch out for those Neo-Nazi White Supremacists. They have the notion they’re in control, when in actuality, the world is becoming the color of the Rainbow and beyond. That’s the world I want to live in.
Terrorists, go find an island somewhere and practice your violence on each other and leave the rest of us alone to live in peace.
And for those who think people should be segregated and you go so far as to want to build a wall to keep us out. Why don’t you build the wall around yourself instead, then none of us undesirables will ever be able to touch you again and you won’t have to see us either and we don’t have to look at you or listen to you ever again. We have dibs on the world. Where would you like to live?
Brilliant film. Super High Recommendation. The ending is surprising, yet it is not. – j.kiley
NEED TO OPEN IN FULL SCREEN MODE/CLICK BETWEEN HD & VIMEO ON LOWER RIGHT SCREEN. A WHITE SQUARE WITH OPEN SIDES. MAY THE FILM TOBACCO ROAD BE AMAZING & ENLIGHTENING FOR YOU
FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY
Tobacco Road – Short Film
Rated: MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY
Runtime: 17m 28s
Award: Grand Jury Prize
Best Cinematography…Zachary Halberd
Best Director…Justin Liberman
Stephen Tyrone Williams
Julien Rozzell Jr
First appeared on Expats Post 21st March 2016. Seems so relevant to the world we are living in now. Maybe the way it has always been. Edited information on the Series Underground.