Interview with Screenwriter Níkẹ Uche Kadri (PINK & BLUE)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Níkẹ Uche Kadri: After a surprise pregnancy, a Black strait-laced lesbian and her multiracial trans partner wrestle with how the new baby will affect their relationship and how to raise a child in a binary world.

Pink & Blue is a love story about two people confronting parenthood for the first time. Even when the road gets rough, with love, nothing is insurmountable. All of us are either parents/guardians or have been children in a binary world. This story matters because it offers a radical approach to parenthood and gender. Our film asks audiences to dig deeper into the definitions of sex (biology) and gender (a social construct). Why do we place so much pressure on gender when it comes to children?

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama, LGBTQ+

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The concept of Pink & Blue is just as queer as the characters, crew, key creatives, and the story. Authentic casting reinforces how necessary and empowering it is to create stories for us and by us. We are exemplifying being the change we seek by ensuring that marginalized folx are the center of the story and lead the way behind-the-scenes.

Pink & Blue also passes the Bechdel and Ava DuVernay tests which demand that women and people of color have autonomy from cis male or white characters. Using these tests as a rubric will humanize and normalize the experience of creating life/parenthood for members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Pink & Blue acknowledges that imbuing toxic masculinity (“…a set of behaviors and beliefs that include the following: Suppressing emotions or masking distress, maintaining an appearance of hardness, [and] violence as an indicator of power…”) in children can occur even before a child is born and that restricting children’s understanding and fluidity of their sexuality and gender can potentially exacerbate toxic masculinity.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Unapologetic realness

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Gladiator and Pocahontas

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Almost 1 year

7. How many stories have you written?

I have been writing and performing stories since I was about 7 years old. I’ve lost count.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

My favorite songs right now are Zulu Screams by GoldLink and Great One by Jessie Reyes.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The main obstacle I faced was receiving feedback about the screenplay. I have had readers say that only LGBTQ+ people will relate to this story and that my screenplay has no conflict because it is about gender. I look forward to proving them wrong.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Social justice. LGBTQ justice. Criminal justice reform. Art for social change.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

Easy and helpful to be able to submit to most festivals from one platform and find new ones easily.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I wanted to reach an international audience. I was ecstatic to receive warm feedback from this festival. It was so encouraging for me and my team. I know it will help us as we continue the grant application process.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

After a surprise pregnancy, a Black strait-laced lesbian and her multiracial trans partner wrestle with how the new baby will affect their relationship and how to raise a child in a binary world.

CAST LIST:

Diane: Mercedez De Castro
Lin: Veronika Gribanova
Narrator: Val Cole
Crea: Olivia Barrett
Armani: Wilfred Lee

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