But Where Are You Really From?


Early Hollywood exploration into the racial social drama at the height of the genre’s popularity.

Image from Pinky

USA 1949
Dir Elia Kazan
With Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters, William Lundigan
Certificate PG

Pinky, a Black nurse who passes for white, returns to visit her grandmother’s poor southern home after a doctor, unaware of her heritage, proposes to her. Contentious – not least because Pinky was played by a white actor – the film’s exploration of racial double standards is an example of the conflicting human desire to fit in, even if it means hiding.

+ Two
UK 2017. Dir Daisy Ifama. 3min
Two women discuss the complexities of defining their racial identities.