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Bark (2019)

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A teenage biracial girl struggles to come to terms with her identity in a racially driven world.

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Laura Coleman (story), Hailey Escobar | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eva Coleman ... Harper
Pamela Slagg ... Bea
Jeannie West ... Mrs. Wynn
Lisa K. Carter Lisa K. Carter ... Mrs. White
Reeko Brooks ... James
Dean Deck ... Mr. Wynn
Kinsey Krutzler Kinsey Krutzler ... Skylar
Troy Legette ... Thug
Rubee Ellis Rubee Ellis ... Willow
Jessica Ellis Jessica Ellis ... Willow's Mom
Kevin Ellis Kevin Ellis ... Willow's Dad
Benny Rodriguez Benny Rodriguez ... Track Coach
Kaitlin Mcnerney ... Head Mean Girl
Alexa McGrory Alexa McGrory ... Spanish Mother
Kierra Pitts Kierra Pitts ... Young Harper (VO)
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Storyline

This film explores the notion of racial identity told from the perspective of a young girl. It shows her struggle to find herself in a world that sometimes sees race as "black" and "white". It shines a light on stereotypes that are based either on deep-seated racism and intolerance, or on ignorance and a lack of communication. It touches on one of the fundamental tenets of humanity which is a desire to know more about who we are and where we come from, even if this brings us into conflict with others. Whilst in this story our protagonist, a 14 year old 9th grade biracial girl called Harper, initially deals with these issues alone, in reality she is one of thousands of young people who struggle with them every day. Written by Mark Heywood

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Short | Drama

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Something Special
28 September 2020 | by michaeltrivediSee all my reviews

Racism, whether subtle or blatant, is an important and popular issue in our society today. The protagonist of the short film Bark, encounters both these types as she navigates the trial and tribulations of modern day high school. Growing up to an absent African American father and Caucasian mother proves to set her on an interesting path in life, confusing at times but with it's own morals and lessons nonetheless.

And thus Bark, which is written and directed by Laura Coleman, finds a vivid way of entertaining the audience while getting through some very important topics. The directing is top notch, and while the supporting cast may falter at times, the story pushes along, engaging the audience in every scene. The vibe is youthful and wide-eyed, curious to discover ones own background as well as what's to come in life.

I would say this is one of the better examples of storytelling. It really kept me involved, and I could feel the emotions of the characters. I was really rooting for young Eva Coleman, our protagonist. The young actress has something undeniably special, and I hope I see her in more films in the future. It's a film that really surprised me and spoke to me.

I would highly recommend watching this gem.

8 stars


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USA

Release Date:

15 June 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Tampa, Florida, USA

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Basicworks Media See more »
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