Khalik Allah presented Black Mother at the 16th FICMBy: Azul Ramírez @azulartx
As part of the program of the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam (CIFFR), the documentary Black Mother was screened with the presence of the director Khalik Allah at the 16th edition of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM). The film received the Yellow Robin Award 2018 during the 7th edition of the CIFFR.
In this documentary, Allah offers Jamaican people the opportunity to share their dreams and wisdom, but also to talk about the harsh reality of everyday life. The director portrays contemporary Jamaicans in a particularly honest way. Prior to the screening, Khalik Allah invited the audience to refrain from delving into the details of the film. “I want your mind to fly and be liberated,” he asked the spectators.
A Q&A session was held at the end where the director discussed the process of creating the movie: “At the beginning I did not have a script, it all started from the bottom of my heart, we were halfway through filming when I started to give it a structure. ”
To a question about what it was like to build trust with the people in the film, he said he talked over and over with people and confessed to having given them some money: “I know that some say that when you pay for something you lose authenticity, but I did it because there are very poor people in Jamaica, I managed to create a bond with all of them and, explaining that I did not want to show Jamaica for tourists but its reality, they automatically opened up to me,” concluded the director.