Inspired by her husband, David Oyelowo's many roles in films centred around the US civil rights movement – from Selma to The Help – first-time director Jessica Oyelowo focuses on the families of activists with her short film, After The Storm.
With a 14-minute run time, After The Storm follows the life of an African-American family – a mother, father and their son – caught in the aftermath of an incident that has changed their dynamic forever.
Speaking with Shadow And Act about what inspired the film, Jessica said:
"I became fascinated with activists and how their families’ lives are affected while my husband David prepared for the movie 'Selma'.
It is important to me to give a voice to those usually forgotten. 'After the Storm' was conceived for those left behind."
The film is executive produced by David Oyelowo and stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond The Lights, Black Mirror); Chiké Okonkwo (Birth Of A Nation, Being Mary Jane); and David and Jessica's son, Caleb Oyelowo, in a very impressive debut performance.
Watch the short film below: