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, analogue 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, analogue 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 labourers and devout church girls. Allah has subdivided his film into the trimesters of a pregnancy. Life’s key elements come together in Black Mother.

Yellow Robin Award winner Curaçao IFFR 2018.

Director
Khalik Allah
Countries of production
Jamaica, USA
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2019
Length
77'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Khalik Allah, Leah Giblin
Production Company
Cinereach
Sales
Cinereach
Cinematography
Khalik Allah
Editor
Khalik Allah
Sound Design
4th Disciple, Josh Furey, Khalik Allah
Music
4th Disciple, Josh Furey, Khalik Allah
Website
http://www.khalikallah.com