My Josephine

My Josephine

  • 2003
  • 9 min
  • 6.7  (151)

The cultural diversity of his subjects, the intimacy of his direction and the formal beauty of his filmmaking are present in Barry Jenkins' very first film, a short he made while a student at Florida State University. It was made after the events of September 11, 2001, and inspired by a sign he saw in a Laundromat window while driving through Missouri: "American Flags Cleaned Free." In Jenkins' film, two Arab immigrants reverently clean and fold American flags overnight in a Florida launderette while the man muses over his attraction to the woman (she's "my Josephine," he convinces himself). As they work in the cool, calming blue-green hues of fluorescent light, Jenkins explores their conflicted identities and ambiguous relationship more through what remains unsaid than through their brief conversations. Jenkins still calls it his personal favorite: "I'm probably more proud of it than anything else." - Sean Axmaker

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The cultural diversity of his subjects, the intimacy of his direction and the formal beauty of his filmmaking are present in Barry Jenkins' very first film, a short he made while a student at Florida State University. It was made after the events of September 11, 2001, and inspired by a sign he saw in a Laundromat window while driving through Missouri: "American Flags Cleaned Free." In Jenkins' film, two Arab immigrants reverently clean and fold American flags overnight in a Florida launderette while the man muses over his attraction to the woman (she's "my Josephine," he convinces himself). As they work in the cool, calming blue-green hues of fluorescent light, Jenkins explores their conflicted identities and ambiguous relationship more through what remains unsaid than through their brief conversations. Jenkins still calls it his personal favorite: "I'm probably more proud of it than anything else." - Sean Axmaker

My Josephine is a 2003 drama with a runtime of 9 minutes. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7.

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  • Release Date
    2003
  • Runtime
    9 min
  • IMDB Rating
    6.7  (151)