EBONY caught up with director Bola Ogun after a screening of her comedy short, Are We Good Parents?, at the Warner Bros. lot in Los Angeles during the third annual AT&T Shape event on June 2.
The weekend featured speakers such as Issa Rae and P. Diddy and is categorized as an immersive event exploring the convergence of technology and entertainment. Ogun and two other finalists were honored as the winners of the Emerging Filmmaker award at the AT&T Film Awards hosted by Ava DuVernay and David Christopher (President, AT&T Mobility & Entertainment).
Are We Good Parents? is a movie in which the parents of a 14-year-old girl question their notions of sexuality after her choice to attend prom with her classmate Ryan. The director was inspired by the moment her sister came out to her at 19 years old. “It’s a personal story. I was confused as to why [my sister] didn’t think she could be who she wanted to be, just outright,” Ogun said. “All the questions the parents [in the film] are asking themselves. I started to wonder,” which led to the creation of the short.
During the interview, she also spoke about the benefit of the oppressed continuing to create art.
Check out the trailer for the movie below:
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