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November 2, 2018

Dogwoof has brought Khalik Allah’s Black Mother to U.K. cinemas!

Full theatrical immersion is recommended for this experience, which is part film, part baptism. In Black Mother Allah brings us on a spiritual exploration through Jamaica. Soaking up its bustling metropolises and tranquil countryside, we meet 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.

“Some films are likened to essays,” writes The Guardian’s Steve Rose. “This one is more of an epic poem: a raw, dense, impressionistic odyssey through Jamaican identity, national, personal and spiritual. It is a real original, both in terms of its images and voices and the way they’re presented.”

Khalik told Shadow and Act‘s Aramide A. Tinubu how he hopes his audiences might feel:

“…It’s not the type of film that you gotta be stuck to every detail. The film is really intended to take you inward, this is a film that encourages you to close your eyes. You know, certain people came back to me after seeing this and were like, ‘Yo, this made me want to get in touch with my family. I don’t really speak to my Mom that much. I don’t speak to my family at all. I don’t have a good relationship with them; I want to get tighter with my family now.’ That was like the best comment that I could get.”

In the U.S., Black Mother travels next to Indie Memphis, Denver Film Festival and AFI Fest.

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