Black Mother ★★★★

For his portrait collage Black Mother, American director Khalik Allah, who has family in Jamaica, captures a wide swath of the island’s residents with a unique approach: while his camera floats before his subjects, their eyes occasionally wandering to make direct contact, we hear their words (or songs or prayers) in voiceover. The effect is distancing, but also ennobling. Allah’s camera sits with them until they push past self-consciousness into confidence. It’s as if they’re soaking up the power of being seen.

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