Black Mother (2018)

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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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Although there is no real formal structure, it all coalesces to give a remarkable sense of complex culture.

Nov 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

Black Mother is a beguiling, poetic meditation on a group of Jamaicans and their lives of poverty and hardship, though there are lots of smiles.

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

It's a quality film that enriches understanding of a culture in an unconventional way and will offer more on a second viewing.

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

Black Mother floats through history to create an eerie portrait of the Jamaican people.

Oct 29, 2018 | Full Review…

The idea of "Black Mother" culminating in a birth is quite powerful to behold as the notion of a whole new understanding of the people you see on screen in all their complexity is truly earned.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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