In the short movie #AmeriCAN, there is a family in which the Dad is a police officer and he has two sons; one appears to be 5-8 years old while the other appears to be 14-18 years old. His older son gets upset when his dad will not let him go to his friend, JB’s house/subdivision. While the Dad is on patrol he gets a call about an alcohol store robbery, so he interrogates two people on the side of the street. When he lets them go home, he turns around to see three people watching him. They bolt into an alley while (Dad) pursuits. He then draws his pistol and says, “Stop or I will shoot!” They did not stop, so he (Dad) in response puts a round into his side. A few seconds later, he unloads the clip. He is then yelled at by the locals, but keeps on saying, “This is a police matter!” He then runs over to the suspect to find out it’s his older Son. Then at the end you see people in (#AllLivesMatter) sweatshirts. In my personal opinion, this is more of a commercial because of the end. This is for people who may possibly want to know more about police brutality. (Payton Sims)

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#AmeriCAN is a short film, on YouTube, by Tiny Giant Entertainment. To me, #AmeriCAN was a very depressing and melancholy short film. It carried a very, very strong message throughout it. It was very touching in a special way. By “a special way”, I mean that it was something you started to watch, you grasped it in your head and heart, and you couldn’t let go. This is what happened to me. I will now think of our country differently (in a good way). I very strongly advise you to go watch this short film and really listen. There were a couple of messages throughout this film that I found. One, being to listen and obey your parents and their rules. Also one being to listen to our country’s Policemen, Firemen, Armed Forces men and women and etc. This was probably one of the best short films I have ever seen. So go check it out, and happy viewing!!! (: {Morgan Braun}

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#AmeriCAN is an incredible short film and public service announcement that emphasizes the unfortunate events that have drawn racial lines between America. This piece describes the mental and physical struggles of today’s American society and their position with the police force. #AmeriCAN depicts Jim Mitchell (Joseph Millson), the main character, to have a distinct difference of action between his family life and his job as a patrol officer. During the film the common motif of violence between black males and police officers is shown in a very unique way, having a significant impact on viewers.

To begin with an overall summary of #AmeriCAN, the beginning of the film shows a police officer having an awkward family dinner with his defiant teenage son, which transitions to an argument between Jim and his son Justin Mitchell (Jance Enslin) causing Justin to rush out of the house when his father is called in pursuit. But when Jim has been called to confront black males that assumingly had been to a liquor store illegally, he finds himself chasing after a mysterious group of men. But when he chooses to shoot at an anonymous male, which happens to be his son, Justin. (Kaitlyn Gartner)

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This short film describes the physical and mental struggle of today’s American society and their standing position with police officers. The film’s depiction of what could be a very true story between a police officer’s life at home and his life patrolling the streets is somewhat intense and leaves viewers anxious for what main character Jim Mitchell’s next move will be by trying to keep the city safe as well as make sure his sons Justin and Bryce are as good as they can be.

The film’s purpose is to make others aware of today’s struggle of racial, religious, and other forms of discrimination in society, especially when it comes to crime and other government matters. The writer/director, Nate Parker, thought that this portrayal of police officers on the streets would show a very important message to everyone living in modern society, discriminated or not. Many Americans experience the struggle, or at least notice it going on. Parker wanted everyone to realize this ongoing problem, especially when it comes to police officers cracking down on a case, assuming the worst of someone because of their race, gender, religion, and etc.

At the end of the short film, it shows people of different ages and races wearing hoodies and bandanas with the American flag printed on them over their nose and mouth. As the film goes on, it shows each person pulling off the bandana and the hood off of their heads. (Jennifer Sadler)

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From segregation to police brutality, this film makes it into a story about a cop (Joseph Millson), his son (Jance Enslin), and his son’s black friend (Shyheim Parker). Throughout the film, I was wondering what the twist on the film was going to be until on his shift, the cop in a black neighborhood shoots his own son on purpose. He didn’t know it was his son. After watching the ending of #AmeriCAN, you get a feeling that you are related to this story, because you know that this has been happening all across America. The goal of the short film was to unite everyone no matter of gender, color, or religion, this was made to be a message. #AmeriCAN is a short film by Nate Parker that emphasizes the problems that America is currently having. (Josh Benedict)

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#AmeriCAN is a short film that grasps the subject that All Lives Matter. Not just white lives, not just black lives, but all lives do matter. The main character thinks that he shot a thug on the street, but it really turned out being his own son. The acting was not the best in the world, but it was pretty impressive considering it being a short film. But the story is not what makes this film great. The best part of the film is definitely the end when there were lots of people of different ethnicities and backgrounds with red white and blue American flags on their face, one of which was on a bike. This was all shot in black and white. Although this could be interpreted in many ways, I thought that it meant that all people are the same, which is what this is about in my opinion. (Sophia Johnson)

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I think #AmeriCAN was fantastic short film! It clearly represents the image of police brutality in today’s society. However, because of this, it might be a very controversial topic on whether or not it was an appropriate film to make. But in my opinion I think it was a great and “appropriate” representation of what occurs so often in our country. While the message was good, I didn’t think some parts of the film were necessary. For example, I don’t think the discussion between father and son was necessary, nor was the shots of the son’s text messages. But overall the message of the film was great. (Connor Abate)

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#AmeriCAN is a short film showing that cops should not pull out a gun so quick and that all lives matter. The message it’s trying to send it good but most of the time you know what is going to happen next as it goes on and has little excitement. The actors did just ok, the dad really being the only memorable character and decent actor in the film. It could have been better, but if you like short films give it a watch and see what you think. Rating: 5.5 (Drew Whipple)

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This short film is about a father who is also a cop and sadly racist. He (the father) goes out and bothers/harasses African Americans. When he sees other teens running around in an alley, the father ends up shooting one of them even though he has absolutely no reason to. The person he shot though ends up being his son. The message for this film is “All lives matter” which is trying to pull people together from both sides of the disparity and inspire the kind of empathy and mutual understanding needed to stop racism and violence. (Dylan Boehme)

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At the beginning there’s a family and they seem to be having some issues.  It starts really weird there’s no credits and it just goes straight to them eating and arguing. And the teen is the main problem. Anyway, as it progresses, the dad doesn’t seem to trust him. Well the dad’s a cop just to put that in there. He has the night shift and when he gets a call about a robbed liquor store, he starts looking for anyone suspicious. So he’s driving around and finds these black people and questions them and then sees three people off in the distance. They see him and start to run. He finally catches up and shoots one of them * spoiler alert he shoots his son * and so yea sad ending. (James Anderson)

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The dad made a horrible decision like some of the police brutality that is happening today unfortunately he was racist and immediately the first African-American people he saw he started to harass them because of their color. They were not doing anything wrong and he started to try and arrest one man when another asked him why he was doing that and was just overall using unnecessary roughness. Then the officer saw some teenagers and chased them after they ran, then they ran into an alley and he for no reason shot one of the boys. People were coming out yelling at him for shooting the kid when his son’s friend saw him and looked at the body in horror the dad immediately turned the dead boy over and saw it was his son he began to sob and cry for help, but in all reality it was his racism that killed the boy. This is a sad message that says to stop police brutality before someone you love gets hurt, even as a 12 year old boy. I know if we don’t stop this racist police brutality our country’s streets will be overrun with people tired of it and we could potentially lose hundreds maybe even thousands of lives just because one officer is racist and makes poor judgment calls. (Dylan Musgrave)

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At the beginning, I thought it was some kind of superhero film, but it just got really dark because the father and the son get in a fight because the son wants to go hang out with his friends and his dad won’t let him and then they hug it out and then the dad goes on patrol because he’s a cop and when he’s on patrol he sees three kids running and chases after them and he finally shoots one and he looks who it is and it’s his son. It was really sad, but it was good I didn’t really like it though. I don’t know why I just didn’t. (Caleb Barnes)


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