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.
Thursday February 29
See More Films from Black History Month
Black History Month: Short Film Showcase
The four short films in this program range from humorous dark comedy to sombre drama. These films explore existential crises, beauty standards and daring ambitions in the lives of the protagonists.
Interspersing interviews with archival footage, Union Street documents the history of Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley, the formerly Black neighbourhood which was destroyed by the construction of the Georgia viaduct in the 1970s.
This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection
In this, the first of a new monthly series, ...to glimpse: African Cinema Now!, Mantoa, an 80-year-old woman who has lived her entire life in a small Lesotho village, is forced to venture out into the world and fight for what is right.
When Morning Comes
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.
Using magical realism to paint a portrait of "undesirables" and "sorcerers" in the Congo, Augure (Omen) delves into the intricacies of identity, culture, and belief systems through a deeply rich and visually captivating lens.