The Land of Exodus
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    The Land of Exodus

    La Tierra Del Exodo

    Directed by

    USA

    2016

    10 min

    • Spanish
    • English

    Drama

    Obed, a Mexican street kid with hopes of making it to America, leads a recently kidnapped American teenager to the Mexico/United States border.

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Skinner Myers
    Cinematography
    Ayana Baraka
    Music
    Sebastian Kauderer

    Director's Statement

    LA TIERRA DEL EXODO is my sixth film as a writer/director. It’s a short drama about Obed, a Mexican street kid with hopes of making it to America, who leads a recently kidnapped American teenager to the Mexico/United States border. This story originated from my own experiences as a child living in Mexico. I had a friend named Obed who would take me around Matamoros, Mexico without our parents supervision. We spent many late nights running the streets and getting into trouble. Fortunately for us we were never kidnapped or killed. I imagined what it would feel like if I was the one in Mexico without an identity trying to find my way back home. The experiences we shared have stayed with me and have been the main source of inspiration for this story.

    Production
    ONE HAND CLAPPING PICTURES
    Skinner Myers

    Skinner Myers

    USA

    The goals for my work is to refuse the reality of white supremacy, use my cinema as a weapon, and to create a new rebellious cinematic language for black stories, which is rooted in our constant struggle for freedom.

    Skinner Myers is an award-winning filmmaker who has written and directed 11 films. His feature film debut, THE SLEEPING NEGRO (2021), world premiered at Slamdance FF and internationally premiered at the Champs-Elysees FF in Paris, France. It won the FIPRESCI award at IFF Mannheim Heidelberg. Myers has studied at Columbia University, Brooklyn College, the USC School of Cinematic Arts and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam.

    Selected Filmography