Black Mother

From red light districts to lush rain-forests, BLACK MOTHER is a loving and lyrical ode to Jamaica and its people, a visual poem that is at once deeply felt love letter and ecstatic street-corner prayer.
Opens 3/29
Black Mother

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Director: Khalik Allah

 

2018, USA, 77 minutes, Digital

Distributor: Grasshopper Film

Program Notes

Part film, part baptism, in Black Mother director Khalik Allah brings us on a spiritual journey through Jamaica. Soaking up its bustling metropolises and tranquil countryside, Allah introduces us to a succession of vividly rendered souls who call this island home. Their candid testimonies create a polyphonic symphony, set against a visual prayer of indelible portraiture. Thoroughly immersed between the sacred and profane, Black Mother channels rebellion and reverence into a deeply personal ode informed by Jamaica’s turbulent history but existing in the urgent present.


“Gliding from color to black and white, from digital to analog, from grim realism to spiritual ecstasy, the film offers a song of praise to the island of Jamaica and a reckoning with its painful history and hard-pressed present.”
— A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“A thrilling, hallucinatory portrait of Jamaican life and history.”
Sight & Sound

Black Mother is the beginning of a brand of Black auteurism exhibited by Allah and his contemporaries.”
— Tayler Montague, Reverse Shot

“A visionary filmmaker. Dazzling cinematic poetry.”
— Eric Kohn, IndieWire


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