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12 November 2021

Death by degrees,

by Syd Briscoe


Short Films: “All the Little Things” - 2 mins 35s

Racist microaggressions are dragged into the spotlight in this hard-hitting short film. Director Meena Ayittey depicts a bloke trying to go about his working day in peace, only to have his name misspoken, his work criticised for being "too urban", and a multitude of other small comments and reactions delivered which wear him down. Death by a thousand papercuts may not be literal, but it still hurts just the same.

The narrative unspools in unhurried fashion over two and a half minutes, ratcheting up the tension by degrees as the protagonist begins to feel the physical trauma of his environment. A final meeting with another Black man scarred in the same way doesn't need words for its emotional weight to register, reminding viewers that not only has society been in a dark place, it still has a long way to go.


Post Prod Producer: Tania de Sousa @ UNIT Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Denny Cooper Ⓟ Ⓦ @ UNIT Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Liam Conwell

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