starring Mark Clennon, Anthony Diaz, Nat Manuel, Michael Hogan
written and directed by M.H. Murray
by Bill Chambers Toronto scenester Benjamin (Mark Clennon) is a young, Black artist and musician getting his groove back after breaking up with his boyfriend and performing partner, Oscar (Kevin A. Courtney). He's a sweetheart, the sort of guy who sends what little spending money he has back home to his mother and makes ends meet giving music lessons to kids and empty-nesters around the neighbourhood. He's also a bit of a raw nerve: When his friend Ariel (Nat Manuel) teases him for not having slept with current beau Malcolm (Anthony Diaz) yet, she unwittingly sets off his insecurities about Malcolm's desire to take things slow. So begins a Friday night of heavy drinking that finds Benjamin running into Oscar, who's settled into a new relationship with ease. At first, then, it's a cheap boost to Benjamin's ego when a stranger (Michael Hogan) starts hitting on him on the way home, but soon the stranger's predatory intentions come into stark relief and Benjamin, too rubbery from wine to fight him off, is raped. The next day, instead of calling the police, going to the ER, or confiding in friends, Benjamin does something that feels psychologically acute in its irrationality and starts cleaning the fridge. I Don't Know Who You Are is at its best in these moments that defy exposition, and in fact there's an entire other movie happening, unspoken, about what, exactly, Benjamin's race means within his obviously inclusive but conspicuously white inner circle. One friend describes him as "our jukebox," which maybe isn't the compliment they think it is. (Benjamin points out that, unlike him, jukeboxes get paid.) His rapist is white, too, incidentally--and billed as "The Man."