Everything changed for Cornelius Walker on 27 November 2000 when Damilola Taylor was killed. Damilola was 11, the same age as Cornelius; from Nigeria, the same country as Cornelius' parents; he had the same skin colour; and he lived five minutes away. Cornelius’s mother, scared for her son’s safety, moved their family out of London.
Cornelius found himself living on a white estate run by racists. Rather than fight them, Cornelius decided to become more like the people who hated him. They became his family and kept him safe. And in return, Cornelius became submerged in a culture of violence and hatred.
But as the violence and racism against other black people continued, Cornelius struggled to marry his real identity with the one he had acquired.
:: Documentary Short Subject nominee, Oscars, 2019
:: Short Doc Award, Sheffield Doc/Fest, 2018
:: Vimeo Staff Pick
:: Best Short Documentary nominee, International Documentary Association Awards, 2018
:: Best Short Documentary nominee, HotDocs, 2018
:: Broadcaster: The Guardian
:: Director: Ed Perkins
:: Starring: Cornelius Walker