SHORT FILM “TARGET PRACTICE” HITS THE MARK ON THE MODERN DAY LYNCHING OF BLACK MEN IN AMERICA
DIRECTED BY YASMIN NEAL | RUNTIME 6 minutes 39 seconds
“Powerful!!!!!” – Viola Davis
“Haunting & gut-punching short film…made in honor or #AhmaudArbery & the too many…bravo all & thank you.” – Jill Hennessey
Target Practice follows Calvin, a young African American boy who has an issue that he can’t seem to get rid of, so he embarks on a journey for help. As he wanders through a big, intimidating world searching for someone to come to his aide, he stumbles upon a doctor’s oﬃce and enters. He is greeted by a female assistant, but he shies away from her until he receives the attention of the male doctor in the room that looks like him. When the doctor approaches, Calvin speaks for the ﬁrst time asking, “Can you help me take this off?” He then lifts his shirt to unveil an ugly truth that the doctor knows will plague the young boy for a lifetime.
Written and directed by Yasmin Neal, Target Practice has become a viral representation of “modern day lynching” and embodies the ongoing struggles of police brutality and racism that the Black community, especially Black men, endures every day in America. Recent protests and civil unrest surrounding the unnecessary deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, have fueled the message of the film and have given a platform to the sobering violent and unjust reality of our nation and society.