As Barry Jenkins
prepares to release his television debut as showrunner, an adaptation of Colson Whitehead
’s novel “The Underground Railroad
,” it would be an understatement to say TV audiences are eagerly awaiting the project. In preparation of the series premiere on Amazon Prime Video this Friday, Jenkins has released a non-narrative short made in parallel while shooting “The Underground Railroad
.” As Jenkins explains in his introduction to the 52-minute project, officially titled “The Gaze,” the short is not meant to be viewed as an episode of the series but as a related project inspired by it.
Here is an excerpt from Jenkins’ statement on the film:
“In my years of doing interviews and roundtables and Q&a’s for the various films we’ve made, there is one question that recurs. No matter the length of the piece or the tone of the room, eventually, inevitably, I am asked about the white gaze.