No Such Sunrise takes place in the small college town of Oberlin, Ohio. In light of Trump’s election and upwellings of white supremacist organizations here in the United States, we knew that as filmmakers, it was essential to tell this multi-layered story of violent xenophobia and sexism, of “victimhood” and emotional processing.

 

On April 10, 2017, at 10:57am, a 28-year old white man named Geoffrey Basel verbally harassed, brandished a knife, and threatened two Oberlin College students of color. Through archival footage, animation, voiceover, and interviews with victims, police, and onlookers, No Such Sunrise works to challenge institutions as it emphasizes, above all things, individuals’ experiences, memories, and personal traumas. In doing so, this film allows us to access the personal, and therefore the political.