The principal’s voice announced Donald’s death over the same loudspeakers that tracked the hot lunch menu and sporting events. When his breath hitched, the kids – for the better part – understood that they were to remain still or turn their eyes to the small black boxes hanging on the walls.┬áThe accusations and evidence came weeks later, in that same matter-of-fact adagio.

Donald Rector was killed in 1997.

This is a film that grazes the lives of teenagers the day they hear the news. A truth lies between the cruel news clippings and watching the kids prepare for a school dance: how death touches adolescents, and what it means for a community to face – or not – the bitterness and forgetfulness inside itself.

Selection: Brooklyn Underground Film Festival (2005), Cinequest Online Festival (2005), UMR Film Series (2005)

preview for Donald – a short film


“At Home” – clip from Donald