Black Mother

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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.

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  • Allah-who shot, directed, edited and sound designed his film-manages to paint a complex portrait of the island, making his visually unconventional depiction of the land come into sharp focus one provocative shot at a time.

    Mar 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • In its poetic, elliptical, concise way, this film makes a grand statement: The black mother is the mother of life itself.

    Mar 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Black Mother can at times feel nebulous, but the richness of lived experience that it captures, augmented by Allah's transportive gestures, are more than enough to compensate.

    Mar 6, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Earthy and elevated, sober and stoned, Khalik Allah's Black Mother is a tone poem whose sonic elements augment a lush and varied collection of images of Jamaica, the birthplace of Allah's mother.

    Mar 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Allah-the movie's director, cinematographer, sound recordist, and editor-assembles a grand-scale and intricately detailed mosaic of personal, civic, and mythic portraiture in a mere seventy-six minutes.

    Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The experience is almost too much to process on a rational level, but you come away with an essential understanding.

    Oct 31, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Steve Rose

    Guardian
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