Part of our Bellwether Series!
Director Khalik Allah in person.
Free to members of Amherst Cinema.
Khalik Allah second feature length film BLACK MOTHER brings him to his mother's home country of Jamaica. Allah's technique of utilizing stark and powerful still images intermixed with cinema and often out of sync sound creates a poetic landscape that feels both fully grounded and real while remaining simultaneously elevated and sanctified.
While the film is personal, putting Khalik's grandfather in the film and his interactions with the people he meets, BLACK MOTHER is also a deep meditation on the many relationships at play and in conflict with each other on the island. Sex work, the natural and built environment, family and religion are all part of the journey that Allah provides for the viewer all handled with deep respect and compassion.
About Khalik Allah:
Khalik Allah (b.1985) is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker whose work has been described as "street opera" simultaneously visceral, hauntingly beautiful and penetrative.
Khalik's passion for photography was sparked when he began photographing members of the Wu-Tang Clan with a camera he borrowed from his dad.
Real and raw, his profoundly personal work goes beyond street photography. His eye for daring portraiture and bold aesthetics takes us into an entire world.
While the people he photographs on the corner of 125th and Lexington Avenue in Harlem have been his central inspiration, his work also extends to documentary film with “Field Niggas”, a chronicle of summer of nights spent at the intersection of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue. The film takes its name from Malcolm X’s famous lecture, “Message to the Grassroots.”
Khalik shoots with a manual, analogue film camera, as photography and film-making form a venn diagram in his work.
His book of photography Souls On The Concrete was recently published by the University of Texas Press
To learn more about Khalik Allah's work visit: http://www.khalikallah.com/
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