HardPin believes that Black Lives Matter.
In that spirit, we’re sharing our colleague DaeQuan’s short film, “What If Black Boys Were Butterflies?”. Please read his words, watch his film, and share with others.
“A year ago today I wrapped filming on my short film, What If Black Boys Were Butterflies?, and unfortunately the film feels even more relevant today. I wanted to create this film because I found that while other boys can enjoy a childhood of freedoms, for many reasons, “Black boyhood” is a brief, complicated existence. W.E.B. Dubois wrote about this in Souls Of Black Folk, saying, ”Throughout history, the powers of single black men flash here and there like falling stars, and die sometimes before the world has rightly gauged their brightness.” At an early age, Black males are often labelled as violent and troublesome, over-policed in their communities, and forced into hyper-masculine gender norms. To me, If Black Boys Were Butterflies is an urgent social document. For us, freedom is a luxury. Throughout history we’ve found this to be true, and through this film I wanted to explore that idea. Showing young black men enjoying their youth and seeking liberation from these complexities, alongside the intimate off-screen conversation between the two Black men, provides a closer look into this American reality.
This film has played at a number of film festivals, both domestically and abroad, and is now even a part of an art exhibition. However, today I am making the film available for public viewing today, as art should be accessible to the people when they need it most. Here is the link, and thank you to everyone who played a role in making the film!”
What If Black Boys Were Butterflies, is an experimental short film centered around a conversation between two Black men, as they discuss what Black Boyhood…