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‘Black Ghost Son’: LAAPFF 2020 Review


Rating: 3 out of 5.

Not every society accepts mixed-race relationships or parents. It does not go well in a strictly divisive America either, no matter how open-minded it may pretend to be.

Troy is a black boy who is adopted by Asian parents. His parents, Eddie and Nancy, do their best to give him the love his true parents denied him. However, when he finds stares and prejudice aimed towards him as he walks on the street holding his Asian father’s hand, it hurts him a lot. But when a fight erupts in school, the family must come together to embrace each other, accept who they are, and be better than the society pushes them to be.

“Black Ghost Son”, from writer/director Christopher Low, explores another level of racism in America. It also captures the lack of empathy and compassion of a society that would rather attack and use derogatory language tactics to scare those who already feel caged in a box. But when you follow Troy and notice the look on his face when he finds himself different even in the black community, it speaks volumes.

In reality, “Black Ghost Son” does not offer something new, in terms of the concept. What it does though, is open up the wounds of an already known issue and bring up the good out of it. At some point, we must realize we don’t live to meet the expectations of others. We live life to be happy in our own way. And when it does not suit certain individuals, it is not because of us but them and their inability to think and see outside of their bubble.

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