SWITCH

Switch is a coming of age film that follows the story of Blue Bazuaye, the child of Nigerian immigrants, as he navigates his suburban community in Bel-Air and his parents homeland, Nigeria. Set in Los Angeles and Lagos, this film examines the identities we assume, in the names of self-preservation or assimilation, while illuminating the variety in black experiences globally. Switch aims to contextualize racial identity in an era where children feel pressure to both accept and deny their roots simultaneously.

Slogans:
"This is my life. Hop in."
"This is just my life.. I'm not sure either."
"I'm not sure what's wrong, maybe you can help?"
"He found Invisibility, the ultimate privilege"
"His appearance changed his world."
"Code Switching can be fun, but what if you're forced?"
"Everyone wanted to be seen.. He wanted to disappear."

  • Uche Uba
    Director
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Drama, Documentary
  • Runtime:
    50 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    250,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Nigeria, United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Uche Uba

Uche Uba (Stanford 15', B.A. Film/Human Biology) is a Filmmaker, Actor, and Creative Producer based in Los Angeles. He is known for Lifetime Movie Network’s My Crazy Ex and The Zim, winner of Best Film at the L.A. International Film Festival. He has also produced / directed advertorial video for Hollywood's The Sayers Club as well as for the LA-based new media artist collective "Cashmir," of which he is a founder. Uba has an innate ability for storytelling, whether through acting, writing or directing. He believes in the power of story to reinvent minds and conjure empathy, operating from the motivating principle that now is the perfect time to teach our world how to save itself.

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