1991, 07:00 minutes
Rage surfaces from the depths of a simering Hockney-like pool as Harris recalls the confusions, fantasies and homosexual desires of a pre-adolescent black male. Trapped between the excluding whiteness of the doll he loves to play with and an insistent father who is trying to perpetuate one kind of masculinity, Harris shatters the bars of conformity with an "in your face" scream.
A fable-like tale, SPLASH explores the interplay between identity, fantasy and homosexual desire in preadolescence within the narrow construction of masculinity, black masculinity in particular. The tape is an exploration of the filmmaker's psycho-social and sexual development within a society that encourages the consumption of whiteness and heterosexuality. Unwittingly, the family becomes the agency through which sexual repression and gender conformity are carried out.
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