Test Pattern

Director: Shatara Michelle Ford Run Time: 82 min.

Starring: Brittany S. Hall, Drew Fuller, Gail Bean, Will Brill

Country: United States
Language: English

Presented in the Virtual Screening Room in partnership with Kino Lorber.

“Shatara Michelle Ford’s lean, smart debut feature confronts us with our presumptions about what rape and victimhood look like — onscreen and in life.”

– Devika Girish for NYTimes

About the film:

Winner of top prizes at the BlackStar and New Orleans Film Festivals, this powerful debut feature from writer-director Shatara Michelle Ford offers a unique exploration of institutional racism and sexism from a Black woman’s point of view.

Test Pattern follows an interracial couple whose relationship is put to the test after a Black woman is sexually assaulted and her white boyfriend drives her from hospital to hospital in search of a rape kit. Part psychological horror, part realist drama, their story reveals the systemic injustices and social conditioning women face when navigating sex and consent within the American patriarchy.

Content warning: This film includes a depiction of sexual assault.

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