The Barrier

An African American man struggles to find a date with women outside of his race.

  • Rafael Santiago
  • Rafael Santiago
  • Rafael Santiago
  • Corey Wright
    Key Cast
  • Aaron Komo
    Key Cast
  • Esther Chen
    Key Cast
  • Anna Weng
    Key Cast
  • Jensen Olaya
    Key Cast
  • TerriAnn Peters
    Key Cast
  • Lisa Long
    Key Cast
  • Luff Josa
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 30, 2013
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • New Filmmakers New York
    New York
    January 16, 2014
    World Premiere
  • New Filmmakers New York
    New York
    October 24, 2014
  • Brooklyn Public Network
    Brooklyn, New York
    March 21, 2016
    Television Premiere
  • Social Machinery Film Festival
    July 31, 2016
  • IndieWise FREE Virtual Film Festival

    United States
    September 11, 2016
Director Biography - Rafael Santiago

Rafael is an aspiring filmmaker who is currently a graduate journalism student at Harvard University.

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Director Statement

I made this film to discuss Asian female racism. With Asian females complaining about how guys with yellow fever have a creepy fetish, and the feminist movement backing any cause that they feel is just (especially if it's at the expense of males), I created this film to counter those arguments. I wanted to show what it's like to be a non-White or non-Asian male pursuing an Asian woman, and to show how being in that position creates a barrier that exists not just to date Asian women, but to simply approach them.