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Project of the Day: A Teacher and a Student in ‘Savage’

Project of the Day: A Teacher and a Student in 'Savage'

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‘Savage’ tells the story of a dangerous entanglement between an idealistic teacher and her troubled student.
Elevator Pitch:
Sara believes that she alone possesses the ability to save James, her troubled student, from his “substandard” life. On this journey she’s slowly derailed by her own prejudice, fears, and even repressed desire. Threatened by her subconscious, she’s forced to accept that her motives are neither as pure nor as genuine as she’d imagined. Sara’s perception of her own authority, both real and imaginary, affects every move she makes. Savage is about the way people perceive their world and their position in it, and how it causes us to create boundaries for ourselves in society regarding class and “racial otherness”.
Production Team:

Writer/Director: Wendy James
Director of Photography: Andrey Alistratov
Producer: Hazuki Aikawa
Producers: Laurie Thomas & Alexandra Vivas, Blake Scott
Associate Producer: Jasmyne Pope

About the Production:
“The main goal of this film is to provoke intellectual discussion. In Savage, salvation is a strong theme. We’d like to challenge the viewer’s ideas of salvation and White Privilege. We took a lot from James Baldwin’s quote “salvation is a two-way street”. Savage takes a critical look at the ”white saviour complex” as portrayed in films like Dangerous Minds, The Blind Side, and even Avatar. However, in this film we seek to question: who really is in need of saving? James never asks to be “saved”. Might the heroine actually have some prejudices and desires that should be scrutinized?” – Wendy James
Current Status:
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