The most satisfying film of the 2009 live-action short Oscar contenders. 'New Boy' is about a young black boy named Joseph who is adjusting to the change of his school surroundings from the familiar routes of his home Africa to the polar opposite white-dominant territory in Ireland. The kids in school aren't nice to Joseph, and every time he becomes uncomfortable the film flashcuts to a time when he was comfortable back home. What I love most about this film is that it's a real story that's simple, sweet, and quickly told in an 11 minute period. Happily it is revealed that even kids who start off this bad can end up bonding, and that sort of bonding usually happens through... well... kid things. Kids like mischief, they like pissing off teachers and parents, they like doing what they know they shouldn't do. Nobody says kids doing the wrong this is right, but we know that it at least helps social groups find common ground. And that's what helps Joseph adjust to being the 'New Boy' in town.