See You Yesterday – A Netflix Film

Being black in America is hard, and knowing there is something you can do to fix something and failing, is what this movie is about. CJ and Sebastian, two black teenagers, have developed time traveling, something that the world has never seen. They go back just to test it and it works!

A few days later, CJ’s older brother is killed, another unarmed black man in a mistaken identity. CJ comes up with a plan, she and her best friend have to go back and save her brother. Only it gets worse and worse at every turn.

CJ defines a strong black female, determined to not fail, although she is thrown test after test, failure after failure. There is a problem and dammit she is going to try everything to fix it.

My heart dropped several times. To see the bond CJ and her brother had, and the friendship between CJ and Sebastian, makes it hard with every minute this movie continues. CJ and Sebastian can never celebrate their invention because they have to use it to save the world that CJ is left with.

Spike Lee and Stefon Bristol brought the drama to this Netflix film. I just finished watching this and I feel the world needs to see this. Not only because black people can be scientist, but black people can be heroes, victims and prejudged all at the same time. Life meets science and yet life wins every time.

Can CJ change the world? Can CJ change her reality? And really what would happen if she did? This movies leaves a pain in my heart and the hairs on my arms at attention. I want more, but I also want peace. My heart hurts for CJ because she has experienced loss way too much and too close up.

This film was full of newcomers, including Eden Duncan-Smith (Annie, Steps) who played CJ, and brought her to life. The cast also starred Dante Crichlow, Astro, and Marsha Stephanie Blake. Each character, each actor brought the fire to make this and each of them new names you need to recognize. I need to read this. If anyone knows if this is a book, send me a link. I have to see if this ends differently than the movie. I have sooo many questions.

Until we meet again. Remember:

“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. FAIL AT IT. TRY AGAIN. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. OWN IT.”

~Oprah Winfrey
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