Inspired by Gaspar Noé’s immersive aesthetic, AMERICAN XENO places the viewer in the midst of a hate crime in the Western U.S. Consisting of only two, unbroken shots, the film plunges the viewer into the visceral horror lived by those targeted by racists and bigots, wherever they are in the world. After the hate crime is witnessed once, the scene begins again – with two of the three actors performing different roles. Thus the roles of Victim/Perpetrator are performed by different actors, with different outcomes. This set of shifting perspectives deeply affects our perception of the events in important, illuminating and disturbing ways.