Savanah Leaf's new film is a searing reflection on race
Director Savanah Leaf’s new film is a searing reflection on race, told from the perspective of a woman in a biracial relationship in the south as she contemplates racial tension. Set to a poem by Tiana Clark, Savanah dedicates The Ayes Have It to ‘Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin and every family denied justice’, referring to the infamous killings of black teenage boys in America. Emmett Till was 14 years old when he was murdered in 1955 after allegedly offending a white woman in a local grocery store. Trayvon Martin walked home one evening in 2012 after buying Skittles and ice tea and was shot by George Zimmerman, a policeman. He was 17 years old.
Beautifully shot on black and white film, The Ayes Have It is a strikingly pertinent portrayal of American culture.