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Nine-year-old Jamal (a radiant Djamari Roberts) is getting bullied at school and his mum — a widow — decides she needs to get him out of Jamaica and educated in Canada, with his grandmother. Only one problem: Jamal is not on board. And writer-director Kelly Fyffe-Marshall paints such a warm, authentic, loving picture of Jamaica, you can see his point. Over the course of the movie he takes a fond farewell to favourite people and places, and Fyffe-Marshall’s personal investment in capturing the community spirit of this pre-digital era is palpable. DP Jordan Oram works wonders here, while Shaquana Wilson ably conveys the distress of Jamal’s mom, Neesha, faced with the most difficult decision she will ever have to make. This is a small movie, perhaps, but it offers a fresh reverse angle on the story of immigration.

Director

Kelly Fyffe-Marshall

Cast

Djamari RobertsDjamari Roberts, Shaquana Wilson, Jarden Crooks

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Country of Origin

Jamaica/Canada

Year

2023

Language

19+

83 min

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Thursday February 29

6:30 pm
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Credits

Screenwriter

Kelly Fyffe-Marshall

Cinematography

Jordan Oram

Editor

Nicole Sison

Production Design

Rachelle Williams

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