Born Into Blackness - Samantha Sivapragasam / by Emma Barnaby

"I wrote this poem to reflect on my experiences of being black and mixed race in Britain. My blackness has always been put into question by myself and others. Being mixed but having dark skin and kinky hair has put me in situations where others tell me what I am. I am torn between these identities. Another aspect of the film and poem is the complexity of interracial relationships, one of which I am a product of. The question of whether the race of someone you're romantically involved in matters or what implications their race might have. The poem and film I hope illustrate the nuances of race and love and identity."