Black Sheep


Black Sheep

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Everything changed for Cornelius Walker on 27 November 2000 when Damilola Taylor was killed. Damilola was 11, the same age as Cornelius. He lived five minutes away. He had the same skin colour. Cornelius's mother, scared for her son's safety, moved their family out of London. Cornelius suddenly found himself living on a white estate run by racists. But rather than fight them, Cornelius decided to become more like the people who hated him. They became his family and kept him safe. And in return, Cornelius became submerged in a culture of violence and hatred. But as the violence and racism against other black people continued, Cornelius struggled to marry his real identity with the one he had acquired.

Filmed with non-actors in locations where the real events took place 15 years ago, Black Sheep blurs the boundaries between documentary and fiction to pose difficult and highly topical questions about race and identity. Who decides what makes us who we are? And what compromises are we prepared to make in order to fit in?


Critic Reviews for Black Sheep

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

  • [Interweaves] a compelling direct-to-camera interview with Cornelius Walker with equally powerful reenactment footage of his adolescence in Essex, where the young Nigerian immigrant learned to hate the color of his own skin.

    Feb 25, 2019 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Top Critic
  • Black Sheep, directed by Ed Perkins, combines an arresting monologue by Cornelius Walker... with well-done dramatic recreations of his earlier life trying, in questionable ways, to "fit in" to his new country.

    Feb 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Told through a stirring first-person interview with the main subject, it makes for an apt companion piece to Yance Ford's Strong Island.

    Feb 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn's film intercuts between Cornelius' direct-to-camera narrative and dramatized re-enactments, allowing Cornelius to share a gripping and disturbing story.

    Feb 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • a compelling documentary about a difficult subject.

    Feb 3, 2019 | Full Review…

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