On October 12, 2022, The short music video GEORGE FLOYD: SAY THEIR NAMES directed by Christopher R. Owens and Alyssa Dann won the RECOGNITION AWARD at the PITON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in Philadelphia, It has also been nominated in the 6th South Film and Arts Academy Festival and the 15th TREASURE COAST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. PIFF Global is unique in its focus on education, collaboration and celebration rather than competition. So filmmakers can work together to create something that inspires and impacts the global community in a positive and uplifting way. It is also because the judges of the film festival uphold a fair and just attitude towards each film that this ironic but realistic musical short film can break away from thousands of films. This music video not only won the recognition of the judges, but also the recognition and support of the audience.
When is the last time the last time? Chris Oledude's single "George Floyd" is re-presented in the video "George Floyd: Say Their Names". The film focuses on the worldwide protests that erupted after the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, honoring the lives of the victims by saying their names. There is extremely serious racial discrimination in American society, and even the law always favors the majority. In the continuous struggle, more and more film makers are willing to speak up for the discriminated races and produce many excellent anti-discrimination works. The music video is no exception, with Owens' company CESO ENTERPRISES, INC produced the video "George Floyd: Say Their Names," which Owens co-directed with Dann, who edited. It is a low-budget but emotional musical depiction of their inner anger and desire for equality and world peace. The powerful songs and the determined eyes of the people in the videos convey infinite energy, which has shocked many people. Just as the judges said, "Don't look at art with colored glasses, people are the same."
Art comes from life, and the more real the events, the more touching. After watching the musical, a woman named Morrison could relate: "I am an African-American. I had no friends when I was young, and I was often bullied at school. I was cowardly, I hated my skin color, I would hide and cry, and I even self-harmed. I blame my parents, blame the unfair world. It was not until I met my current husband that he influenced me little by little with his sincerity and love, so that I learned to stand up to discrimination. This song is also my message, to be strong, to dare to fight against injustice, it is not your fault."
Similarly, because of the musical film, there was an outcry in American news coverage about the injustice of George Floyd's murder: it focused attention on police brutality against people of color and racism in general, in a way rarely seen in American history. As an artist, I had to say it immediately, in my own way, because I was just as angry as everyone else. To revitalize our country, we need stability and focus on "people first"! If you know economic justice, you know peace. If you know health care justice, you will know peace. Know education justice, will know peace. If you know fairness and equal justice under the law, you will know peace. If you know human rights and civil rights, you know peace. And, as one of humanity's most powerful communication tools, music brings us closer to feeling these issues in our bones and saving our collective souls.