“My name is Kanessha and I live in a southern town, for the most part it’s segregated. Yes, segregated in 2000 and whatever. You’re expected to stick to your own kind.” Imagine a small Southern town where racism is alive and well and still the norm. In ‘Switching Lanes’ this is the reality for the citizens of Summerston, Georgia until two teenage girls, unsuspectingly, set out to change that reality.
“Is that true, are you hanging out with white girls? There are a lot of crazies in the world and they prey on beautiful talented young girls.” Kaneesha and Sarah, each a different race, attempt to change the long-standing and unspoken rule of the “separate but equal” lifestyle of the citizens of Summerston.
“Muhammad Ali once said “Hating people because of their color is wrong and it doesn’t matter which color does the hating it’s just plain wrong.” Unbeknownst to them the two young teens share a friendship and their mothers share a secret that could disrupt the whole town, or cause it to finally heal from racially divisive mindsets and behaviors.
‘Switching Lanes’ as a coming of age story about the two teen girls, one black, one white; both living in the same city but have no idea that they are actually twins who were kidnapped from their biological parents at two years old. When their biological mother finally finds them, their world is turned upside down. The faith of the girls is challenged, along with the very moral fiber of the town of Casterville.
Directed by Hollywood veteran actor/director, the late Thomas Mikal Ford from a screenplay co-written by Susan-Sojourna Collier and Raven Magwood with a cast that includes: LisaRaye McCoy, Michael Lerner, Jamila Thompson, Victoria Staley, Terri J. Vaughn, Fred Hammond, Marla Maples, Kim Fields, Michael Lerner, Wes Morgan, Kenny Lattimore and Shameik Moore ‘Switching Lanes’ is now streaming on the Urban Movie Channel.
The subject of the film is very timely.
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