Cracka, a half-hour film that throws a white supremacist back in time to an alternate pre-Civil War universe where Blacks are the slave-owners and whites the enslaved, debuts tomorrow, Juneteenth, on free streamer Vyre.
Cracka’s trailer, released a year ago today, has generated more than 1.1 million views. We can’t show it to you here because of age restrictions, but you can view it on YouTube.
The trailer also generated its share of controversy, largely because of the following words that appear on screen as the protagonist (Lorenzo Anotonucci) commits violence against present-day Blacks: “You took our breath away. What if we took yours? You raped our daughters. What if we raped yours? You stole our freedom. Now we steal yours. At the hands of your Black masters. A dangerous new beginning. Welcome to your new world.” And the ultra-bigot is then thrust into a vastly different world.
“Not only is this exploiting the pain that Black people have felt for centuries, but the movie, and the concept of it is beyond ludicrous,” stated a resulting Change.org petition that sought to stop production. “Stop exploiting our pain for your personal gain and entertainment.”
Last year’s YouTube posting included a note that Cracka would be available from Amazon Prime, iTunes and Google Play come fall 2020.
That hasn’t happened, and now Cracka is being billed as an “experimental episode,” with a claim by director Dale Resteghini that a projected Cracka series would help “solve racism.”
Vyne says the film “uses sci-fi as a Trojan horse that allows people to see racism through an entirely new lens” and “forces White America to look past color, look past their fears of Black and Brown America and allows them to see them as equal people through the much-needed lens of love.”
(Key art source: IMDb)
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