Black Mother

The varied film stocks/digital cameras create a tapestry moment to moment more than as a whole, as sketches become more legibly distinct and separate, which makes it easier to digest than FN. The first film/video is structured by its asynchronous marriages/divorces between sound and image, the effect less contrapuntal than conceptual. The new film is more illustrated than FN, and more pure a documentary work because of it, where the audio corresponds, at least thematically, with the images. Its portraiture is more direct than before, more obvious a dialog between the filmmaker and his subjects. You get the sense that Allah is exploring a larger sphere than FN’s intersection and the broader production scope lends the project the air of a guided tour, though not the kind that a typical tourist might actually buy, working from the outside looking in; rather, this tour is inside-out.