Former NFL player turned director Jon Alston delivers a special treat in celebration of Black History Month. Augustus is a 15 minute short that leaves a lasting impression and highlights the issues of slavery in the past and the current climate of social injustice and racism.
Synopsis: Augustus, a literate escaped slave masquerading as a free man in Massachusetts in 1841, experiences nightmares of his son’s death and a future that resembles the struggles of his own time. Shaken to his core, Augustus realizes the horrors of slavery and racial inequalities will continue if he remains complicit. He’s left with one choice; speak up or lose his freedom.
I thought that Alston and writer/lead actor Ayinde Howell do a fantastic job highlighting the parallels hundreds of years injustice that has faced black people. The ending of the film is powerful and eye-opening. It’s a very thought-provoking and pressionate short.
For more on the film visit: www.augustus.film