Black Mother /
Jamaica is a complicated place, difficult to understand from afar. In lieu of an explanation, director and cinematographer Khalik Allah decided to make a sequence of dizzying sensual experiences. His camera meets characters of all shapes and sizes, exposing the Caribbean island’s hidden facets. He invites the viewers to taste, touch, smell, listen to the music, and gaze wide-eyed at the colors. He then seasons the brew with spices that cannot be ignored: the history, the violence, the politics, the religion, the economy, and the myths that drum out the unique rhythm of Jamaican life. This rhythm is what drives the film as it flows between cities and villages, from one life story to the next, creating a poetic, many-voiced circle, and weaving together the island’s tumultuous past and vibrant present.