DFT @ Home | Test Pattern

(USA/2020—directed by Shatara Michelle Ford) 

Part psychological horror, part realist drama, this extraordinary debut feature from writer and director Shatara Michelle Ford is set against the backdrop of national discussions around inequitable health care and policing, the #metoo movement, and race in America. Test Pattern follows an interracial couple whose relationship is put to the test during the frantic events that immediately follow a sexual assault.

Their story reveals the systemic injustices and social conditioning women face when navigating the deeply rooted undercurrents that fuel consent, sex and power within the American patriarchy. Winner of the Producers Award at the BlackStar Film Festival and the Jury Prize at the New Orleans Film Festival, this gripping social thriller evolves seamlessly into a unique exploration of systemic racism and sexism from a Black woman's point of view. (82 minutes) 

Content warning: This film includes a depiction of sexual assault.


“Intelligent and engrossing… a quietly momentous first feature.”  -Jessica Kiang, Variety 


“Test Pattern offers a fresh way of examining sexual assault and its aftermath on screen, one that feels just as emblematic of its moment as Thelma & Louise.”  -Soraya Nadia McDonald, Film Comment 


“One of the year’s first true discoveries. A must-see gem.” -Kate Erbland, IndieWire 



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