Groundhog Days: Two Distant Strangers

A Black man in a yellow hoodie is in profile, and faces a white man with a cop hat. The words "Two Distant Strangers" is written in yellow between them

Two Nerds finally watched Two Distant Strangers, an Oscar-winning short film which takes the Groundhog Day premise of a single, repeating day, and applies it to a situation where a white cop shoots a Black man over and over again. (So content warning for racist violence.) We watched a lot of Groundhog Day-like narratives a while back, and the way Two Distant Strangers centers Black America makes the central premise feel very very different. One film it reminded me of was a local Minneapolis film from 2018 called Black, which was retitled Black in Minneapolis and rereleased in 2020.

Author: Ceridwen

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