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Source:  The A.V. Club

Khalik Allah’s latest documentary, “Black Mother,” may be considered something of a homecoming project for its photographer-turned-director.

Filmed in Jamaica over a two-year period (during which time he also contributed to Beyoncé’s “Lemonade”), the film is a return to his maternal ancestry.

From the opening scene, though, which goes from a rendition of “Jamaica Home” to ultrasound footage of a pregnancy to audio of a man soliciting a sex worker, it’s clear that this isn’t going to be a staid autobiographical portrait.

Indeed, though the film incorporates personal VHS home video footage as one of its many presentation formats—which also includes Super 8, 16mm, and HD video—the presence of the director’s family is minimal, bordering on incidental.

Rather, the film is an expansive snapshot of the Caribbean island nation.

Read the story at The A.V. Club.

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