When members of the Chicago theater community were racially introduced, he turned the experience into a short film with the help of the Chicago International Puppet Festival. This is a one-on-one doll show about the results of the “Black Walk”.
Gerel L. Henderson: It’s not about me, right? It’s about dolls. It is to make sure that I put all my energy into him.
Mark Vitali: Gerel Henderson showed “Chicago Tonight” how to manipulate the doll he calls “JL”. This is his avatar and co-star in a new short film.
Henderson: I don’t drive and the police stop me at least three times a year. Just go home, from the bar, from school, go to work, or come from work. A simple everyday thing that is not so simple and not so ordinary.
Vitali: Henderson is hyper-aware when he is in public.
Henderson: Where are my hands? How am i standing? Do I look aggressive? Well, I looked aggressive enough for them to stop me. I don’t want to make natural movements that project aggression on someone who might end my life.
The fact that incorrect breathing and weight transfer can be considered offensive to someone who has a weapon and is allowed to release it, so human movement must be disrupted. I am indignant. .. I don’t know why the police panicked with a gun and the black man who stopped didn’t panic. That doesn’t make sense to me.
Vitali: That’s what he had to deal with throughout his life.
Henderson: The first time I was followed at the store was 8 years old and I didn’t know what was going on, so I asked if there was any problem. And my brother pulled me aside and told me that I shouldn’t. Because if they do, it means they are already suspicious of you as a thief. And I didn’t steal. I’m not a thief.
Vitali: Henderson’s stage credits include director, writing and performance. He created this unforgettable version of “Pied Piper of Hameln”, produced by the famous puppet artist Heather Henson, the daughter of Jim Henson.
His latest work may be his most personal, despite depicting a general experience.
Henderson: Often, you don’t know if the situation you’re in because you happen to be black is real or in your head. Therefore, when such a work is created, others say, “No, you’re not crazy.” These things happen. You are not alone.
So there is also the joy that comes from knowing that anyone who can find a message of usefulness or joy in this, or others, is angry and upset. Others are fed up. That’s enough, right? enough.
That’s what it really means, right? To be able to take care of yourself, heal yourself, and hopefully help others heal.
Details of this story:
The Gerel Henderson movie is called “I’m a bear”.Now available for free via Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival
Follow Marc Vitali on Twitter. @MarcVitaliArts
Note: This story will be updated in the video.
The new movie “I’m a Bear” explores racial profiling through puppet shows | Chicago News
Source link The new movie “I’m a Bear” explores racial profiling through puppet shows | Chicago News