Black Mother: Filmed in Jamaica
Khalik Allah freely alternates between photography and cinema, traveling the streets, creating portraits that tremble with life. In Black Mother, Allah explores his mother's home country, Jamaica, and invokes its beautiful, resilient, and rebellious spirit. Constructed out of a series of fleeting yet indelible interactions with the country's residents, Black Mother is a dazzling audio-visual symphony that speaks to the island's current state: its relationship with pain, outsiders, child rearing, colorism, sex work, nature, and God. As he builds relationships with strangers, Allah reconnects with his grandfather William Case, whose wisdom and blessings are woven into the film's intricate soundscape. Black Mother is rooted in deep-seated, ground-level observation, and yet it also reaches for the sky, offering prayers that rattle the soul with their compassion and conviction.
“Maternity is both the guiding metaphor and one of the subjects of this lyrical, occasionally bombastic documentary essay by Khalik Allah.” - NY Times, 11 Movies You Need to Know at New Directors/New Films