Dir: Khalik Allah, 2018, USA, 87mins, Cert: 15
Wed 14 November // 20:00
Tickets: £5 (full) / £4 (concession)
Part film, part baptism, in Black Mother director Khalik Allah brings us on a spiritual exploration 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. Immersed into the sacred, the profane, and everything in-between, Black Mother channels rebellion and reverence into a deeply personal ode informed by Jamaica’s turbulent history but existing in the urgent present.
**** "more of an epic poem: a raw, dense, impressionistic odyssey through Jamaican identity, national, personal and spiritual. It is a real original, both in terms of its images and voices and the way they’re presented." Guardian
**** "A true poet of cinema, Khalik Allah gained remarkable access to the characters, chancers, and misfits of Montego Bay and elsewhere in Jamaica for this remarkable film. " RTE
A- "a challenging and profound deep-dive into Jamaican identity that rewards repeat viewings and confirms the aesthetic of a visionary filmmaker." Indiewire