Rating: 4 / 5
AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE OR RENT ON FEBRUARY 9, 2021
There have been many films over the years that explore the cultural and generational divide between parents and children, particularly immigrants from another country. Having worked with such dynamics in my professional life over the years, this topic is always intriguing and many times difficult to filter through.
“Tazmanian Devil” revolves around Dayo - a newly immigrated college student originally from Nigeria who comes to live with his estranged father, a Christian pastor. Dayo is drawn to college life and one fraternity in particular Tau Alpha Zeta (“the devils”).
Dayo is caught between trying to fit in in American college culture and being respectful of his father’s wishes.
The film explores the concept of belonging. From Dayo wanting to be a part of a family (his father was gone for years at a time), to joining the fraternity to be a part of a family, as well as religion as a family concept. Everyone wants to feel like they belong somewhere and Dayo is caught in multiple worlds at an impressionable and idealistic age.
“Tazmanian Devil” was an interesting film that held my interest from start to finish. I would have liked less of the fraternity storyline and more of the father/son dynamic, but, overall, it was a film worth checking out.
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