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MMoCA Rooftop Cinema: “Black Mother”

August 21, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

“Black Mother” | Khalik Allah | US | 2018 | 77 minutes

Khalik Allah’s “Black Mother” alternates between the sacred and the profane in a vivid survey of multiple generations living in Jamaica. “A proclamation, a poem and a prayer punctuated by three trimesters; “Black Mother” is an audio-visual love letter to Jamaica,” explains Allah, “There’s no container for this film, it overflows with intimate portraiture and prayers that are intended to hit you in the chest more than the head.” Featured in New Directors, New Films in 2018, and currently showcased on the Criterion Channel.

“One of the most original cinematographers of the time. Allah also edited the film, and his complex sense of audiovisual composition—textural, tonal, thematic, rhythmic, philosophical—is as original and as personal as his cinematography.” —Richard Brody, New Yorker

View the “Black Mother” trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH54pZnjyGQ

Rooftop Cinema is $5 per screening/free for MMoCA members and anyone age 21 and younger. Purchase tickets beginning July 29 through brownpapertickets.com; advance online ticket sales only.
Rooftop Cinema will follow Forward Dane guidelines for outdoor gatherings. As a protective measure, seating will be in designated areas; come prepared with a blanket or camp chair. Masks are required inside MMoCA.

Screenings are cancelled if rain is likely.

Rooftop Cinema is a program of MMoCA’s education department and is curated by James Kreul, with technical support provided by Tanner Engbretsen. MMoCA’s films programming is generously funded by maiahaus and Venture Investors. LLC.

Image still from: “Black Mother,” 2018.


August 21, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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