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Left Turn II

This fictional narrative presents the inspiring story of a friendship threatened by the distrust perpetuated within a racially-divided culture. It is based on the real experiences of people in Evansville.

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As with our first two films—Left Turn and Care—this fictional narrative is based on a series of interviews and research in order to authentically address real circumstances in the Evansville, Indiana area. This story follows the friendship between the white man and black man introduced in Left Turn as the two face challenges in their relationship due to their worldviews and polar life experiences.

As we interviewed men and women in the local community who have been directly affected by racial division, we found that racial distrust is both caught and taught by black and white families, news media, history books, and personal experience. This leads us to keep each other at a distance. A black person may feel the need to talk, dress, and act a certain way in order not to be misjudged, leading him or her to feel isolated around white people and even around other black people. A white person may subconsciously avoid or unjustly profile a black person with or without recognizing his or her underlying prejudice.

At the end of the day, many are left asking one overwhelming question: How do we move forward and embrace diverse relationships when our differences feel like polarizing walls? There’s no clear-cut answer, but we believe this issue is not beyond repair. Our goal for Left Turn 2 is to call for a radical “left turn” in building relationships across racial and cultural divides. We have a long way to go, but the only way to achieve reconciliation is together.

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