U.S., 2020, 82 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Shatara Michelle Ford, Not rated, Kino Lorber
"A must-see gem... a serious discovery, and the kind of project that should rocket [director Shatara Michelle Ford] (and her stars) to a new level of Hollywood hype." —Kate Erbland, IndieWire
"An engrossing human drama, one that examines the intersections and inequalities between race, gender, and healthcare in a poignant and powerful way." —Monica Castillo, RogerEbert.com
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Part psychological horror, part realist drama, this exhilarating debut feature from Shatara Michelle Ford is set against the backdrop of national discussions around inequitable health care and policing, the #metoo movement, and race in America. Test Pattern follows an interracial couple whose relationship is put to the test after a Black woman is sexually assaulted and her white boyfriend drives her from hospital to hospital in search of a rape kit. Their story reveals the systemic injustices and social conditioning women face when navigating sex and consent within the American patriarchy. Winner of top prizes at the BlackStar and New Orleans Film Festivals, this gripping social thriller offers a unique exploration of institutional racism and sexism from a Black woman's point of view.
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