How do you shine a light on aggression so subtle, it’s over in a blink? “The Turk Shop” is a dramedy short that serves as a brilliant commentary on micro-aggressions and racism, examining the subtleties and malleability of language. “The idea came from my own experiences of living as a person of color in Sweden, and the micro-aggressions you’re exposed to as a person of color,” Swedish filmmaker Bahar Pars explains. “Somehow it’s now easier to become the villain if you point out that a certain use of language is racist, than if you are actually the person who says something racist. I found that very interesting and wanted to explore that…”

This short packs a huge punch, with a wry smile all the way. You can see the whole thing here:

The Turk Shop from [sic] film on Vimeo.

Although it’s less than seven minutes, this film takes huge leaps in tackling an issue that rarely is the subject of film or TV. “The discussion about what is right and wrong has been lifted, and the awareness of the impact and power of using certain words,” Pars says. “Many in my audience do not see themselves as being racist but now understand that one can participate in a racist structure without actually being aware of it. The hierarchy in workplaces is subtly illuminated in the movie. I want them to leave the theatre being aware of the power they have to change the structures. But also to be aware of how powerful the use of language is…. This is what I believe is a starting point to make a change in every individual. To be aware of the power that words can bring is the start.”