Filmmaker Khalik Allah’s portrait of Jamaica, ‘Black Mother,’ marries the profane and sacred

Photos from the film (c) Khalik Allah

 

 

 

 As Berlin’s DokuArts film festival continues, we speak to New York-based filmmaker Khalik Allah about his film, “Black Mother.” Best described as an audio-visual poem, ”Black Mother” is a film about Jamaica, the birthplace of Allah’s mother and a country he grew up visiting.

While Allah has taken “Black Mother” around the world since its premiere, he hasn’t yet screened the film in Jamaica. “It’s not all marshmallows and cherries. I showed the underbelly. I showed real street life. But I also showed the beauty,” he says.

“Black Mother” is being screened this Saturday, Oct. 13 at 4:00 p.m., at the Zeughauskino in Berlin. Visit our event page for more information about DokuArts.

 

 

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