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Part psychological horror, part realist drama, this exhilarating debut feature from Shatara Michelle Ford is set against the backdrop of national discussions around inequitable health care and policing, the #metoo​ movement, and race in America. Test Pattern follows an interracial couple whose relationship is put to the test after a Black woman is sexually assaulted and her white boyfriend drives her from hospital to hospital in search of a rape kit. Their story reveals the systemic injustices and social conditioning women face when navigating sex and consent within the American patriarchy. Winner of top prizes at the BlackStar and New Orleans Film Festivals, this gripping social thriller offers a unique exploration of institutional racism and sexism from a Black female point of view.

Winner: Lionsgate/STARZ Producer Award – BlackStar Film Festival; Winner: Jury Award – New Orleans Film Festival

"In line with... I May Destroy You, it’s part of an indispensable breakthrough in media."

– Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times

"Ford pushes us, if not to definitive answers, then to the right questions.”--New York Times

"a beautifully made film with a stunning central character...Shatara Michelle Ford gets a standing ovation for creating a beautifully cohesive film”— The Times Weekly

“A must-see gem. One of the year’s first true discoveries.” Kate Erbland, Indiewire

“Test Pattern offers a fresh way of examining sexual assault and its aftermath on screen, one that feels just as emblematic of its moment as Thelma & Louise. Soraya Nadia McDonald, Film Comment

A searing, yet nuanced, interrogation of the racism and sexism baked into our society at every level... Strikingly punctuates the detachment of realist drama with the expressionism of psychological horror.– William Repass, Slant Magazine

“Intelligent and engrossing… [a] quietly momentous first feature.” Jessica Kiang, Variety

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  • Runtime
    82 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Shatara Michelle Ford