We Cry Together is a cover of a song by Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers featuring Taylour Paige. Kendrick Lamar has finally released his oscar-eligible short film, and we cry together.
The one-take short film, directed by Lamar, Dave Free, and Jake Schreier, was recorded live on a soundstage on March 15, 2020. This happened more than two years before Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers were released in May 2022.
Like the song “We Cry Together,” the music video depicts an argument between two people in a relationship, played by the rapper and the Zola actress, and their eventual, graphic-yet-censored reconciliation. The discussion occurs during the song.
We Cry Together, which debuted in a Los Angeles movie theatre in June, is now eligible to compete in the Best Live Action Short category at the 2023 Academy Awards, alongside Taylor Swift’s All Too Well: A Short Film.
For the screening duration, We Cry Together was only shown once a day, and each show was attended mainly by the rapper’s friends and family members.
A small number of fans were also allowed into each screening. Before each screening, cell phones were confiscated to prevent any footage from being leaked before it was made available online on Thursday.
(The fact that both All Too Well and We Cry Together were found to be eligible does not guarantee that either film will be nominated.)
Kendrick Lamar has shared the “video” for the song “We Cry Together,” which was produced by Mr. Morales & The Big Steppers, following the release of the music video for “N95.”