a film by Khalik Allah
THURSDAY JUNE 13 • 7 PM • 77 MIN
NEPTUNE SCOTIABANK STAGE THEATRE
$12 • $10 ADVANCE •FREE FOR STUDENTS
A Q&A with Khalik Allah will follow the screening.
With his second feature BLACK MOTHER, Khalik Allah has established himself as an artist with a singular vision who is revolutionizing how we view documentary film. As if floating through a dream or a memory, we are submerged into a sensual world that Allah has crafted using a variety of formats including digital and analogue film, in both colour and black and white. Allah has established a completely unique style that is pushing the boundaries of the documentary form. The sound and picture are recorded at separate times, and the result is a transformative visual poem that immerses the viewer in Allah’s experience of Jamaica, the place where his mother grew up and where he spent time as a child. He creates respectful, honest and intimate portraits of the people he encounters while also revealing to us the complex layers of a specific place through his original and personal storytelling.
"Stunning. Transformative. Black Mother may be the most fearless film I’ve seen in a decade."
- Scout Tafoya, Frameland
“A thrilling, hallucinatory portrait of Jamaican life and history.” - Sight & Sound
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Khalik Allah is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker who describes his work as Camera Ministry. Allah exploded on the film scene in 2015 with the documentary Field Niggas, shot at nighttime on the corner of 125th St. and Lexington Avenue in NYC.
Allah’s second feature film Black Mother is an expansion of his unique filmic style, and began its journey with premieres at the True/False Film Fest, New Directors New Films, and CPH:DOX, followed by screenings at London’s ICA and Paris’ Centre Pompidou. His first photography book Souls Against the Concrete, with images also shot on this street corner, was published by University of Texas Press in 2017. Photos from this were on view in a solo exhibition at New York’s Gitterman Gallery in Spring 2018.