What Make Us So Different?

Trinity a 16-year-old dog lover is shocked to find out her friends hold strong prejudice ideals against dogs, putting her in a difficult position. As someone who comes from a dog family, she doesn't understand how someone can love a cat but hate a dog.

  • Nyree Anije Andrews
  • Nyree Anije Andrews
  • Nyree Anije Andrews
  • Aria Jade Andrews
    Key Cast
  • Oluwakemi Faith Asuramu
    Key Cast
  • Jakari Mciver
    Key Cast
  • Akiyah Imaani Agurs
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 6, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    60 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 35mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Mallard Creek High School
Director Biography - Nyree Anije Andrews

My name is Nyree Andrews, I'm a 16-year-old film director, producer, and screenwriter. I recently created my first short film "What Makes Us So Different?" which focuses on trying to get an understanding of where people come from when they have opposing ideas. It also taps into the conversation of prejudice and racial bias using the analogy of cats & dogs. I love the creative process and hope to continue working through film to make a difference.

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Director Statement

"What Makes Us So Different?" is about the ignorance of prejudice. By centering the film around cats and dogs I'm hoping the audience can get a better idea of what intolerance looks like. As an African-American woman, I'm far too familiar with having uncomfortable racial conversations with people who feel the need to explain their opinions on Black people to me. Perhaps it's time we stop dismissing prejudice as preference and rather call it what it is. We as a society must take off our shades and open our eyes to a world of amazing people from different backgrounds.

I was inspired to create this piece after hearing Propaganda - I Hate Cats. The symbolism and message in the song resonated with me and my personal experiences. With the help of friends Oluwakemi Asuramu, Akiyah Agurs, Jakari Mciver, and my sister Aria Andrews I was able to pull this off. I would also like to give a special thanks to my Auntie Yolonda and her son Aneido for lending me their cat Luna, my mom for being supportive throughout the entire process, and my furry friends Casper and Gracie for helping me achieve my goal of creating a short film. This process was a lot of first for me and came with numerous bumps in the road that I'm grateful to have overcome.