How can you hate on this? This story of a young Muslim man (Julian Gant) torn between taking over his family’s taxi stand and going to university was made by participants in the EFEX (Encouraging the Filmmaking Experience) Project. Sure, the performances look a little wobbly and the drama appears to consist of friends and family weighing in on our divided hero’s conflicts. But there’s lots of fresh faces and a dedication to recording the realities of living in one of America’s most neglected cities. The neo-neo-realism marches on. Let’s just hope the kids who made this don’t give up on their dreams of cinematic glory. Written and directed by Sultan Sharrief. Due to screen at this year’s New Directors New Films Festival.
Trailerama: Bilal’s Stand