This artistic and evocative documentary is part cinematic baptism, part audiovisual love letter to Jamaica. Filmmaker Khalik Allah (the force behind Beyoncé’s Lemonade) has returned to his mother’s homeland over the years to create a montage of the island’s inhabitants. While soaking up its bustling metropolises and tranquil countryside, the viewer meets a succession of souls—prostitutes and churchgoers, Rastafarians and rappers, mothers and farm workers—who call the island home. Their candid testimonies about everything from personal struggles to local history create a polyphonic symphony in the form of intimate portraiture.
Immersed in the sacred, the profane, and everything in between, Black Mother channels rebellion and reverence into a deeply personal ode to and close-up mirror of modern-day Jamaica, informed by the country’s turbulent past but existing in the urgent present.
Producer: Khalik Allah, Leah Giblin | Editor: Khalik Allah | Cinematographer: Khalik Allah