Watch: See You Yesterday, Produced By Spike Lee, Tackles the Blackest Instance of Wanting To Turn Back Time

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“If I could go back and fix it, I would.”

How many instances did you utter that phrase to yourself or out loud to a friend or family member?


This phrase may have been in response to anything ranging from a bad grade on a test or saying (or doing) something hurtful to someone you care about.

Or—as many black families have had to experience, unfortunately—having their loved ones die at the hands of the very force who were hired to protect and serve them.


Netflix’s See You Yesterday tackles this phenomenon in a unique way—through sci-fi.

Pet Netflix’s press release:

High school best friends and science prodigies C.J. and Sebastian spend every spare minute working on their latest homemade invention: backpacks that enable time travel. But when C.J.’s older brother Calvin dies after an encounter with police officers, the young duo decide to put their unfinished tech to use in a desperate bid to save Calvin. From director Stefon Bristol and producer Spike Lee comes See You Yesterday, a sci-fi adventure grounded in familial love, cultural divides and the universal urge to change the wrongs of the past.


This is a great opportunity for Bristol. He worked with Lee on BlacKkKlansman and is making his feature film debut with what looks to be a highly intriguing and important concept.

See You Yesterday stars Eden Duncan-Smith, Danté Crichlow, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Brian “Stro” Bradley, Johnathan Nieves, Wavyy Jonez, Myra Lucretia Taylor, and Ron Bobb Semple.

See You Yesterday poster
See You Yesterday poster
Graphic: Courtesy of Netflix

As I’ll be covering Tribeca this year, I’m looking forward to it. So, I’ll see you then, See You Yesterday.


See You Yesterday premieres at Tribeca Film Festival on May 3 and will launch worldwide on Netflix May 17.

Staff Writer, Entertainment at The Root. Sugar, spice & everything rice. Equipped with the uncanny ability to make a Disney reference and a double entendre in the same sentence.

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Nice. This is available on HBO as a short film. Looks like Netflix is doing an upgrade.