DIRECTOR: KHALIK ALLAH
Khalik Allah in person for a Book Signing & Q&A on 3/8 at 7pm, moderated by Cheryl Dunn and a Q&A on 3/9 at 6:15pm moderated by writer/scholar Tayler Montague.
A visionary filmmaker and photographer (Souls Against the Concrete, 2017), Allah exploded onto the world of documentary cinema in 2015 with Field Niggas (2015), a grassroots production capturing candid Harlem street life which went from a YouTube upload to taking the festival circuit by storm. He followed this with a contribution to Beyonce’s video album Lemonade. For his new feature Black Mother, Allah trains his eye on Jamaica, the land of his mother’s birth. Using a pregnancy’s progression as a structural outline, and shooting in both 16mm and HD, Allah "presents a mode of moving-image portraiture that feels singular in the context of contemporary film" (Lydia Ogwang, Cinema Scope). Mysterious and sensual, rich and rhythmic, it’s a mesmerizing symphony of a film, embodying both the spiritual reverence and confrontational reality of the island nation.
A Cinereach presentation. A Grasshopper Film release.