9th edition: 21 April – 26 April 2020

Black Mother (2018 Feature Film) Nominee

Life’s key elements come together in the colorful Jamaica portrayed by Khalik Allah. In this polyphonic film symphony, every inhabitant views their island paradise differently, be they prostitutes, graybeards, rappers, Rastafarians or pregnant women.

Khalik ALLAH | Jamaica, USA | 2018 | doc | color | DCP | 75′ | English | n.s.

What makes Jamaica so special, multicultural, raw and spiritual? New Yorker Khalik Allah’s visual prayer and ode bares the Caribbean country’s soul in wonderfully unpolished, analog images. Jamaica – blessed with fertile soil, yet cursed with a horrific history of slavery – proves a veritable melting pot of cultures, religions and traditions.

In this artistic documentary, Allah gives Jamaicans the opportunity to share their dreams and wisdom, but also to talk about the harsh everyday reality. His characteristic, analog shots are accompanied by a soundtrack that is sometimes juxtaposed with the images, yet the two always seem seamlessly aligned. The self-taught photographer and filmmaker portrays contemporary Jamaicans in a particularly honest fashion. From young streetwalkers and streetwise rappers to Rastafarians, mothers, agricultural laborers and devout church girls. Allah has subdivided his film into the trimesters of a pregnancy. Life’s key elements come together in Black Mother.

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 13 April 2018

Time: 18:45

Duration: 0:57

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 14 April 2018

Time: 13:30

Duration: 0:57

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 15 April 2018

Time: 17:00

Duration: 0:57

Year in
Festival

2018

Director

Khalik ALLAH

Camera

Khalik Allah

Country

Jamaica
USA

Editor

Khalik Allah

Language

English

Length

75′

Music

4th Disciple
Josh Furey
Khalik Allah

Producer

Khalik Allah
Leah Giblin

Production Company

Presented by Cinereach

Production Design

4th Disciple
Josh Furey
Khalik Allah

Sales

khalikallah@gmail.com

Year of Production

2018

Khalik ALLAH

Khalik ALLAH (1985, USA) works as a photographer, cameraman and director. He solely uses analog cameras for his raw street photography and remarkable portraits, as well as for the documentaries he makes.

 

Filmography

Popa Wu: A 5% Story (2010, doc), Field Niggas (2015, doc), Black Mother (2018, doc)