Khalik Allah's debut feature is a phenomenal, stunning portrait of human life on Lexington and 125th in Harlem and the best American documentary in years. This is a portrait of Harlem so accurate and eloquent that it will still be great cinema 125 years from now. It takes a very gifted talent to photograph people in such a real way, capturing them so objectively, and it takes love to portray them so beautifully.
A film whose genealogy dates back to examples so illustrious as "On the Bowery" or "Pestilent City," but i must confess that its images raise me some objections, particularly when there is an insistence on a mechanics of exhibition and the extent of its conceptualization drags it to a visualization that is often confused with a clip and its rhetoric. The sound track gains in a free dimension, wider-than-the-visible.
There is no doubting that as a visual documentary this is a very impressive work; but the dialogue is mind numbingly excruciating to suffer and listen to. I know is the point and strength of the documentary, but just too irritating for me. Very well made piece.