ACROSS THE TRACKS

Director/DP: Michael Cooke

Producer: Kimberly Y. James

Writer: Michael Cooke & Kimberly Y. James


african movie academy award 2016 - BEST DIASPORA SHORT FILM

CEASER 2017 - LES NUITS EN OR 

winner manhattan film festival 2016 - best short film 

WINNER Chelsea Film Festival 2016 - Special Jury Prize

WINNER Chelsea Film Festival 2016 - Best Supporting Actress :: Carla McCullough

WINNER Music Video & Screen Awards [UK] 2016 - Best Short Film

WINNER Reel Sisters of the Diaspora 2015 - Best Narrative Film


The film follows Ella and Tara in racially charged 1960s GA. Both sisters were born to African American parents, but through a unique twist of fate, Ella was born with fair skin. After a childhood of prejudice and bullying due to their ā€œblackness" Ella saw her chance to change her destiny when schools were desegregated. That year Ella decided to become white. 

In the film we witness the two sister's struggles, the incident that drove them part, and how their relationship has maintained over the course of 40 years. 

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