Joy

Jackie Alexander wrote, directed, and stars in this 70-minute video about a self-confident and successful African-American lawyer whose race-blind view of the world is challenged when a confrontation with a bigoted white cop leads to a fatal shooting. For nearly a year he rejects the arguments of an activist minister, until the cop is acquitted despite convincing evidence against him. The film takes up an important issue—how racism affects even those blacks who succeed on the white world's terms—but the story frequently lags, burdened by clunky editing and narrative exposition. Alexander seems unwilling to question his characters' behavior, such as the lawyer's understandable but unwise aggressiveness toward the white cop or his willingness to have an ex-girlfriend in the DA's office fix his speeding tickets.

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