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"Underground" Feedback (from the audience) as of 09/06/2011:

Bill Duke, Director of Sister Act 2 - “I watched 'Underground' and you are a
really talented filmmaker! I mean that!”

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Julie Dash, Director of "Daughters of the Dust" and "The Rosa Parks Story" - What a glorious achievement! Well done! Underground is the film we all dream to make.

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ShaCarolyn SincereLyric Halyard Brother I just finished watching "Underground" it was the best short film I've ever seen! I was sooo mad when it ended. If you get a chance to extend it please let me know I'm dying to see more of the storyline and that singing really captured the time period. Making films like that I KNOW you're going far! July 21 at 10:37pm

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Sista Bmj

No, Thank You so very much! I just finished watching the short film and it was moving. For the short time that it was many emotions were captured and an even greater story was told. You did an excellent job. I hope that in the future you are able to expand on this film. I mean I would watch it hands down. So keep up the great work!!!

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Carmita Forreal McCall Let me just say that I saw The Underground a couple of months ago >> Nice! September 2nd

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Ayize Hanif An excellent film! A must see! August 29 at 4:07am

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Giuseppe Variopinti Ancestrali Thank you so much for this film, love it deeply.August 31 at 3:58am

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Crystal DuPont After watching your film "Underground" I just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed it! It was GREAT! Gods Blessings on your future and continue with what you do because it is wonderful :) July 25 at 10:33pm

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Lawren Smith Underground was amazing! I found my eyes glued to the film the whole time.(: July 14 at 8:44pm

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LaShana Twine Greene Akil you did an outstanding job on your film. I have already played it 3 times and am about to play it again for my twin. My first time watching it I wasn't sure if I should grab a kleenex or some popcorn. Job well done. Thank you for sharing. July 5 at 11:56pm

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Libryia Jones Last night, your movie just randomly started playing on it's own. I love it, your work is bold! July 2 at 9:00pm

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Kevin Z DuPont I saw it...well deserved awards and acclaim....Awesome work July 2 at 7:46pm

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Maria Fisher This is a very powerful and exceptionally produce piece of art. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and believe it will win many more awards. The director’s use of lighting is remarkable and definitely sets the tone and period for the film.
This film is not difficult to follow and has a very heartfelt ending. The cast of characters were outstanding and the musical selections were perfectly placed which added to the sincere emotions of this film.
Great Job Akil. June 30 at 1:28am

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Justyn 'Dae Dae' Thomas yo that was amazing!!!!!!!! June 29 at 1:48amAlexia Johnson YES GOD!! YOU MADE IT HAPPEN HONEY WITH THAT MOVIE. CHILLS CAME ALL OVER MY BODY. HISTORY MUST NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. June 29 at 8:48am

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Taliah Rasul "Underground" It moved me to tears and inspiration, it was beautiful and tragic,i loved it. (Let our History Always be Told and Never Forgotten) June 28 at 10:18am

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Kevin Lane hey! i saw ur film underground and loved it man!!! congrats on ur success! God bless! and if ya need an actor i can participate for ya! congrats again!!! June 14 at 11:53am

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Earnie Battle You have excellent talent! Wonderful work re. "Underground"...exceptional ...stay Blessed my Brother! June 8 at 7:16pm

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Libryia Jones Hey Akil, I saw the movie last night...I was super impressed, you did an awesome job! Every one of those awards was well deserved. June 6 at 10:41pm

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The film drew me in and kept me very interested with the way Akil told the story.  He told the story on a personal level and touched feelings that everyone could relate too…Marie

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The film depicts the personal struggles of what a dedicated father will do for his child, and paying the ultimate price...Beverly

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The film was moving. It is a great reminder of slavery & real  history. I view the father  as heroic, protective, courageous. Very touching….Debra

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This is a very powerful and exceptionally produce piece of art.  I thoroughly enjoyed this film and believe it will win many awards.  The director’s use of lighting is remarkable and definitely sets the tone and period for the film. This film is not difficult to follow and has a very heartfelt ending.  The cast of characters were outstanding and the musical selections were perfectly place which added to the sincere emotions of this film. I say YES to this film.
~Maria Fisher

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Hey Akil!
OMG!!!! I really enjoyed your short film.  I watched it with my teammates and we were all very impressed. 
Thank you so much for sharing this film with us.  Congratulations on winning the Student Emmy.  It is well deserved for sure.  I can’t wait to see more of your upcoming films.  Please keep me in your contact list for the upcoming films.
Again thank you for sharing and good luck in your future productions. ~Pam Carr

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Thanks, yes I got the other email.  I watched it and enjoyed it.  It was done really REALLY well.  It exceeded my expectation.  I would have left a comment, but I couldn’t figure out how to.  
Personally I think if you keep pushing, this will become a lucrative career for!  It’s nice when you find people that have found their passion.  And I think this is a passion for you. 
Todd Taylor

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I really enjoyed the film! I got chills when Dembi was singing when they were deciding whether to head back or keep going. Can’t wait to see how you’re able to expand it to a longer film. 
Congratulations!!
Amanda M Huff

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Today I’m off from work and I was checking my emails, I came across the short film ‘Underground’ you sent me.  I watched the movie with my kids and we enjoyed it tremendously.  I wish the best for you Akil and much success to your bright future in film, I pray that you bring more movies such as this to light to the young generation.  My kids were asking me so many questions about our history.  Unfortunately, for the black community we are limited to the knowledge of our history unless we attended a HBCU or our parents enriched us with this information.  Sadly to say many of us are not expose to our history except by short films such as ‘Underground’, keep up the good work and may God continue to  bless you on your journey. 
Best Wishes,
Ursula Rogers

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I had the opportunity to view your movie last Friday and may I share with you how moved I was by it.  You did an amazing job of capturing in a small amount time a piece of history and having impact.  That is no easy feat.  I can absolutely see why you were recognized and awarded Emmys.   I wish you ongoing success and just remember your former SunTrust teammates when you make it big.  T
Tanya Powers

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Oh My Goodness! My best friend came up for the weekend and I told her about the DVD and we popped it in and watched it. We were both in the floor yelling “no, where is the rest of it” when it ended. That little amount of time captured our attention and we wanted more. That needs to be made in to a movie!! ~Melissa Barron

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Exquisitely done!!!!!!   A great job, no doubt about it.   The utilization of the music as a language:  SUPERB!!!!!!!  Love the take in the river. 
This is what I do when I am watching a piece that I like:
1.  The first time I watch the movie as a simple spectator.
2.  The second time I watch it again to dissect the elements of the film and how the director has embodied the cinematographic language.
3.  The third time I ask my husband to join me on watching the work to have his opinion on first impression.  My husband and I are very different in our cinema approach but most of the time he gives me a pure opinion coming from the heart.  He can see situations that I normally pass due to my over analysis of the film.  Sometimes we end up in a total disagreement with just a little window for discussion.   Love it!!!!!
Rosalinda Delaparra

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Natalie Warrender Shepherd LaBarr So I meet this woman in Chick-fil-a and we were talking about this amazingly talented person we each knew. Turns out it was YOU! =-) June 5 at 5:19pm

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Hollywood-Angel Neal So I was working and I heard your name on the radio!! I heard the newspaper has an article on you.. I wanna read it..Keep up the good work!!! May 25 at 10:06am

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Paula Kiger You've really arrived now - you and Underground were featured in a story in the Tallahassee Democrat!! Congrats!! May 24 at 8:07am

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Shaundra Ladyofthelibrary Lee Hey Akil, Job Jaime is going to put the movie in our DVD collection at Strozier Library :) May 23 at 3:20pm

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Jeff Jones Hey Akil, Sheri showed me Underground at a family gathering recently. Congrats and the quality was on point. Well done! May 19 at 1:08pm

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Edwin Glyn Mackey Jr Currently watching "Underground" by the great Akil DuPont! Future Academy Award Winner!!! May 14 at 3:02am

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Emma Sincere Leigh Hi Akil! I hope all is well. I meant to let you know that I watched "Underground" and I was blown away!! I did not expect it to be as good as it was (no offense). You definitely surpassed all expectations. Keep up the excellent work!!! May 2 at 6:02pm

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Nina Johnson Akil one of my former students wrote a nice peice on you in the FAMUAN today...wait...are you standing next..to..Oh Lawd!...sorry got sidetracked...congrats on all your awards! April 20 at 1:29pm

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Tremayne Moore Congrats bro. I'm taking Underground home and sharing it with my fam! April 19 at 4:27am

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Sundiata Ameh El Congrats on the film "Underground" Akil. Saw it for the first time last night. It was great. Well produced bro. I want to rap with you on a possible project that may interest you. Link me when you can. Peace......Boo Hardy. April 11 at 11:39pm

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Liz Boldman This film is so gorgeous, Akil! I never told you so because we never see each other. But it truly is a masterpiece in every way! ♥ March 19 at 1:14am

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J.c. Crowder Akil, I've had the pleasure of viewing many great short films and have given accolades accordingly; however, this powerful project truly tugged at my heart! Incredible work March 23 at 5:53am

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Stephanie Walker This film is amazing! It brought tears to my eyes, great job Mr. DuPont! August 5 at 10:20pm

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Stacey Tiara Akil,
Underground is amazing, I was truly blown away, I was such an emoitional wreck. You are truly gifted with a creative mind. I pray you continue to direct more films the world needs what you have to offer.
Man I'm in no position to support you financially, but whenever you start your next project if you need some singing/ humming/ moaning and groaning I got you!!!! Until I start making my millions my voice is all I can offer you lol.... But honestly I hope you go far, far, far and beyond, because you are truely talented... March 13 at 1:41am

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Fabra LaJor I just finished watching the film for the third time and I must say you are brilliant. What an inspiration not only for me but for my niece and nephew who were so intrigued by everything that they wanted to learn more about our past. WE need more Akil, you can't keep us hanging like this. It was very rewarding to hear them asking questions about the underground railroad and sharing what little they learned in school about it. All I have to say is KUDOS :) March 9 at 10:34pm

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Tiffany Faublas Akil I watched your file and it was great!!!!! Very well put together. Was the old women at the beginning and end the little girl?
But yes...nice job sir! I support it 100% March 9 at 10:53am

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Tremayne Moore I watched Underground this past weekend, and that deserves an Academy Award. Great job! March 8 at 5:17am

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Tipp LargeNlovely Moye Hi akil. I'm watching your Amazing short film"Underground"!! Oh my, what a treat! I love how you captured the heartbeat of this story as my own is racing as I watch! #Great job to you and your team! Where did you shoot this? March 8 at 1:58am

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Africa James hopefully i can secure a space and print up some flyers B&W of course:)) and show your film to a few friends and invite others as well.so many need 2 see this film. February 28 at 12:33am

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Toria W. Feliz  Thanks so much for the dvd! While my family and I watched it last week, it provided a great opportunity for me to introduce and explain the struggle of slavery to my 5 yr old daughter. I never really thought about explaining it to her @ this age but after she started asking questions during the movie it kinda took its own course. It definitely left us wanting more! Thanks again! January 14 at 10:43am

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Sheila Bette Jones So...I just went downstairs to the lobby to pick up my "oversized package". When I got there and saw what it was, I almost cried. Thank you so much for the dvd!! I had no idea that it was coming. I just watched it and had pangs of pride shooting through my body. The movie was so beautiful and I can't get over just how proud I am of you. I'm sure you've heard that from so many people but I wanted to tell you myself. It also makes me sad that I couldn't participate in this wonderful film. You're the best and I believe in you always!  January 11 at 6:30am

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Jonathan Valdelamar Yo what's good fam? Just seen ur short film. That film was real good. Keep up the good work. January 7 at 2:49am

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Joni Wilson Man Akil Underground was good! I love it!!! I cant wait to see some more! January 2 at 5:51pm

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Dexter McDaniel just watched underground once again....dude, great work December 22, 2010 at 12:22am

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Shakira Gavin Akil I saw the film! It was Brilliant and I LOVED it. Thank you for sharing it....my prayers are for your success. Congrats and good luck at the Florida Film Festival! December 12, 2010 at 10:45am

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Sheri Wineglass Loved your film. Underground was really touching and beautifully done. Congratulations Akil! November 28, 2010 at 9:39pm

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Kara Irby watching "Underground" for the gagillionth time... great work Akil DuPont!!! November 26, 2010 at 9:39pm

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Fannessa Willis Hey Akil, just finish watching the film. Awesome Work! I see why you did so well in the last film festival and im sure the same will occur in Orlando. Keep up the good work. November 22, 2010 at 10:29pm

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Young Scholar LOVE YOUR WORK,THAT MOVIE YOU GAVE ME WAS REALLY INSPIRATIONAL HOMIE..KEEP IT UP November 22, 2010 at 5:56pm

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Renae Roper Just had a chance to watch it..beautiful! I loved it November 5, 2010 at 4:08pm

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Adner M Brother Akil, I have got to give you props for Underground. Now this film was real! I am going to share this with my youth council students. I would say good job, but that all that come out of Florida State Seminoles! Be blessed. November 3, 2010 at 3:12pm

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Erin S. Mulkey Just finished watching your film!! It exceeded my expectations! You made great use of your twenty minutes...It was very moving; the story, the acting, as well as the singing. Two thumbs up Mr. Dupont! :)  November 2, 2010 at 1:04am

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Tiffany Knight Estimond Excellent! It was very nice Akil! Now I have to wait on Underground part 2! :) November 1, 2010 at 7:36pm

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Courtlynn Truesdell That movie was amazing Akil!!!! October 31, 2010 at 12:10am

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Milan C. Thompson just finished watching Akil DuPont's film "Underground". one word AMAZING. its surreal how everything came to life and how much only 20 mins of history can say so much. Standing ovation. October 23, 2010 at 6:18pm

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Tomi Townsend Just watched Underground with my family for like the 5th time today...My dad watches it everyday :) He says its way better than anything on TV and it nearly brought my very opinionated sister to tears. Such a great movie, never gets old! October 15, 2010 at 10:40pm

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Rynai Alex My friend... I'm so proud of you!!!! I received my package in the mail!!! You've inspired me to continue to strive for my goals... We will be working together in the near future homie!!! Luv ya much! October 9, 2010 at 11:21am

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Caitlin Nicole Williams Hey Akil, just wanted to let you know that I watched "Underground" and loved it! Really solid, man. Hope you're well! September 29, 2010 at 12:13pm

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Bobbi Mount Akil...my parents (((LOVED))) your film!!! it went something like this, "please tell him how proud we are of him and how much of a powerful story he depicted with great emotion." Congrats to you again!!! September 28, 2010 at 9:28am

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Terrie W. Corbett Akil, we just watched your film and I am so glad we did! It is well written and very moving. I also saw that you arranged some of the music! What a talented group of actors and singers. It must be very rewarding to have it all come together under your direction. Congratulations! September 21, 2010 at 12:07am

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Lisa Bonner Loved the movie...had my eyes watering...lol. Congrats again! Showing folks here. So proud of my fellow alum. September 19, 2010 at 6:55pm

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Aumalia Otto Most definetly loved the film!!! September 11, 2010 at 3:09pm

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Nick IdoesIt Man! That Film was Great Bro!! seriously man! You did a great job! September 4, 2010 at 4:41pm

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Robert Craighead Thanks for the add Akil!! I know I keep saying it...but "Underground" is phenomenal!! You should be very proud!! August 17, 2010 at 2:22am

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Hezekiah Ford III I
really enjoyed your work as a director in your film "Underground". You
chose the right actors and they performed very well. It's great seeing
you travel on the path of fulfilling your childhood dream. You are an
excellent role model for the youth and the not so young. I know why you
do not brag ...... because your work speaks
for you ..... Awesome, Unique, Creative, Classy, & Thorough,
....... I could go on and on ....ima save some space for your other fans
........I'm in your cheering section cuz !!! August 16, 2010 at 1:49am

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Bobbi Mount Congratulations Akil...i really enjoyed Underground!!! More so, it's so great to see you take your talents to higher heights...and your mother definitely caught a moment for the poster photo...thanks for sharing with your fam and friends. August 15, 2010 at 6:49pm

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Scott Holstein Great job on Underground! August 15, 2010 at 6:21pm

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Mark A. Marple I know I told you last night but I'll say it again! Underground is an important and thrilling piece of work! Ken and the rest of the cast were amazing and the photography and brilliant music made it an emotional feast for the eyes and ears on screen! Poignant, gut wrenching and tearful! Thanks for your talent! August 8, 2010 at 9:45am

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From Co-workers at SunTrust Bank:
I enjoyed the film, music and topic.  I found myself wishing it was longer.  What a talented person.!!!!! Bobbie

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This movie serves as a reminder of the hardships that humanity has had to endure.  It also shows me that although we’re not perfect, as a collective society,  we can all make a difference in this world.   Sometimes we take life for granted and we need to be reminded of where we have been to make sure we’re heading in the right direction in the future…Brian

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The movie was sad, a reminder of the horrible tragedies people have experienced but also a reminder of how much we as a country have grown for the better. I thought the film was beautiful deep down, it showed how faith can give you strengthen when you are starring hatred in the eye. The best part of the film was also the most compelling, when the father looked his precious daughter in the eye and sang that beautiful song about the chariots taking him home to heaven. ..Jessica

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I thought it was a great short film…very powerful..Kendra

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Amazing, moving, touching short film….Ann

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