Netflix has acquired the rights to Two Distant Strangers, a short-film directed by Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe and starring rapper Joey Bada$$. The film, which confronts the topics of racism and police brutality, is slated to debut on the streaming service on April 9.
“When we set out to create this short in the middle of the simultaneous pandemic and social justice crises, we didn’t know what to expect,” Free and Roe said in a statement. “But in just five days, we pulled off the nearly impossible to make this incredible film. And all of us have been so filled with gratitude to see so many people responding to this story of resilience and perseverance.”
“Two Distant Strangers tackles a tough subject for everyone but in an effort to forge a new direction in the conversation,” their statement continued. “And now having Netflix come on board to bring that message to millions is an incredible opportunity.”
The short story is centered around the life of Carter James and his repeated attempts to get home to his dog. Each time he has a deadly encounter with the white police officer, he is forced to relive each day.
Two Distant Strangers is produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jesse Williams, Lawrence Bender and Chris Uettwiller.
The film is executive produced by Kevin Durant, Van Lathan, Terrence J, Michael A. Conley II, Tina Exarhos, Jordan Schultz, Samir Hernandez, Athan Stephanopoulos, Rich Kleiman, Nicholas Maye, Mickey Meyer, Michael Novogratz and The Pritzker Pucker Family.
Last week, REVOLT reported that the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Film. Free reacted to the Oscars nomination on Twitter, writing, “So many tears. This is unreal. Thank you [The Academy].” Joey Bada$$ also celebrated the news, tweeting, “I’m officially Oscar-nominated. That’s crazy. Imma be A FUCKING EGOT.”