Hangtime Predictions

At that moment where we stopped last Tuesday, I thought that Kwame would become in debt to the gangster. First,t he visual segue way between the water his sister was swimming in while he told her about his dreams and the pool of this gangster portended this union.  But, it was the way the scene in the jazz club was presented that convinced me. The gangster’s face would fill a shot while he told the story of Robert Johnson to Kwame—really trying to seduce him into this life of crime. Kwame’s face wasn’t allowed to dominate the returning shot, showing his uncertainty.



From the progression of the movie, it seemed quite obvious what was going to happen: boy was I wrong! The short film started out showing us this boy, Kwame, who had this big dream of becoming a basketball player in order to make it out. He seemed “pure” and innocent in the beginning. After meeting Olu and acknowledging Kwame’s desperation to get a pair of basketball shoes, I knew it was going to go downhill from there. I thought that Kwame was going to join Olu’s “gang” and start dealing for him in order to earn some quick cash. I mean, he was at a stage where he would do anything for money. But, I didn’t think it was going to be like him selling shit and getting the money like that. I thought he was going to get involved with the gang to such an extent that he wouldn’t want to leave. He would just love the lifestyle too much. Thus, I thought he would give up on his dream and just stick around in Africa because he found the easy way out.

Thoughts about HangTime

Like most other people in the class, I predicted that the lure of the ‘gang’ life was going to be too strong for Kwame, and that he would eventually give in, at some consequence. The story scene was a metaphor for what was about to happen in the following ways: Continue reading