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170 Ratings

Black Mother

Directed by Khalik Allah
United States, 2018


Khalik 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, it is a dazzling audio-visual symphony that speaks to the island’s current state.

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Black Mother Directed by Khalik Allah

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2020 | Nominee: Truer Than Fiction Award

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2018 | Winner: Best Undistributed Film



As with his previous film, AIlah creates an immersive experience, his camera evincing the same roving, honest gaze that made Field Niggas so captivating.
December 06, 2018
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Through a tapestry of voices that roll into one another, un-synced with the visuals his subjects, Allah weaves through layers of his relationship to Jamaica, from external perceptions, to the deeply personal heart of the film.
July 05, 2018
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I’m struggling to grasp the words to properly describe how I felt after watching Khalik Allah’s new film, Black Mother. I want to say this: to experience the latest Allah film is like witnessing the performance of a ritual, a rite of passage for the spectator, a life-changing event, sort of a baptism . . . where you’re so deeply submerged in the trance of phantasmagoria that you seem to wake up of a lysergic trip.
March 27, 2018
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