Field Niggas

Field Niggas ★★★½

It is difficult to turn off the usual symbolic burden and the iconicity inherit in the camera’s registry when you have the sensitivity of a portraitist like Khalik Allah does. However, the soundtrack here is truly like a hand outstretched and reaching for a past that disappears in time, a past that is redeemed as it is recorded in its passing. The redemption is in the portraits moving. Nowhere is it more impressionable than when Khalik Allah records reflections on Deli windows. They are punctums of the film for me.

Field Niggas is an important film against historical and social amnesia.