Independent Film “And Then…” Leaves Viewers Panting For More
This week we reported, DJ Mister Cee from Hot 97 admitted he received from male transvestites. In an interview with Hot 97 program director Ebro Darden, Mister Cee stated that although he participated in sexual activity with men, he is not a homosexual (he did, however, say that he was probably still in denial about that). His claim to not be gay started the conversation: What is sexuality and how do we define it?
A few days ago, Shadow And Act Black Filmmaker Screenwriting Challenge winner, director Ka’ramuu Kush recently released his independent short-film, “And Then…”
“And Then…” depicts the relationship of August and Isis. As they enjoy the ins and outs of being in love, the two try different sexual acts to help please one another. The film explores how proper communication can still allow for dysfunction and confusion to nestle its way into a relationship. When Isis tells August she did not care for him inserting his finger into places other than her vagina because it felt impersonal, August attaches what she said about his lovemaking to f**king. While in an argument, the two navigate the performativity of sex. They both agree the emotions sex brings must be accounted for but have trouble understanding what can or cannot feel valid to them as individuals or couple.
August and Isis come to the conclusion they must create their own terms of how they enjoy sex with one another, especially when Isis is on the verge of boredom with herself and sexual desires. August encourages Isis to learn how to trust herself; if she does not she will constantly question if what she is feeling, is correct.
“And Then…” explores Isis coming into her womanhood and not in the traditional sense. Filmmakers usually give us a generic view of what a black heterosexual relationship should be. Director Kush breaks this barrier by allowing Isis to color outside the lines in her relationship. Hence, she invites her friend, Baybee to join her two-person relationship. Baybee’s entrance delves into how we think black women should participate in eroticism.
By including Baybee into their relationship, August and Isis must learn the new steps they must take to increase their level of love and pleasure for one another. After viewing “And Then…,” I began to question what it means to have sex as a woman. Because Isis included Baybee, who is a woman, into her relationship, does her sexual orientation change? Even better, will August be viewed as misogynistic for having multiple women? With sex, comes ethnocentrism. We view our partners sexually through the culture we were raised. Most importantly, the way we behave after we leave the bedroom stems from what culture, politics and the people we surround ourselves with. “And Then…” will change how you perceive the materials or people you are inclined to seek when developing your sexual agency.
Click the link to view “And Then…”. Please note the film’s rating is NSFW (Not Safe For Work…or kids)