Here’s you first look at the trailer for the new short film "Roubado" (Portuguese for “stolen”), made by writer/director Erica Watson, which
she says she made because of her “passion
to tell stories of the black faces that you don’t often get to see on the
Ms. Watson, a Detroit native who is a recent graduate of
the MFA program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, says that she was inspired to
make the film after a chance meeting with a young Afro-Portuguese photographer at
Cannes, 3 years ago, where the film was shot (as well as in Los Angeles), and was
entirely funded through a Kickstarter campaign, for which they raised considerably
more than what was originally needed for the film.
Starring Darrell lake, Jean-Pierre Vertus, Mickaelle Bizet
and Tiffany Tenille, the film deals with “an introverted Afro-Portuguese photographer growing up in the south of
France. As he suffers his parents’ recent breakup, the only solace he can
muster is his penchant for photography. When his mother’s new live in boyfriend
crosses the line, Alain’s eyes are opened to the world, and he can no longer
hide behind the viewfinder of his vintage camera."
Ms. Watson, in explaining her film, says that “the first time I traveled to Cannes at 20
years old, it really blew my mind to see people who looked like me, who had the
same skin color as mine, but had completely different stories…Traveling to Europe at a young age really opened my mind
up to the world and it has had a definite influence on my creative palate."
And she further added that she made her film “because I wanted to explore the loss of
innocence among young black men. I wanted to chronicle a moment in time when a
child’s eyes are opened to the world and they are forced to make adult
Watch the trailer below: