Jamaica (Black Mother)

  • Jamaica (Black Mother)
Genre : Social
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Running time : 74 (in minutes)

A spiritual odyssey into the past of a country whose history has been largely overlooked, through the people and stories of Jamaica. A spiritually poetic and intimately political depiction of contemporary Jamaica.

Part film, part baptism, director Khalik Allah cast his lens between the prostitutes and churches of Jamaica, the result is a nuanced polyphonic symphony, heightened by a level of intimacy and complete immersion in spirit. A timely respite from the bad news and a response thereto - a film punctuated by prayers, scored with laughter and fortified with hope. Allah introduces us to a succession of vibrant, idiosyncratic souls who call this island home. Their candid testimonies provide a penetrating glimpse into this misunderstood corner of the world and also a radical outlook on survival.

Director: Khalik Allah

"I'm depicting the undepicted. I'm taking what I did in Field Niggas, and multiplying that times ten. My artistic vision is to weave a wild tapestry of intimate words, sounds, and obscure portraiture into a cohesive energy that will penetrate the heart. During "triangular-trade" only the "wildest" Africans were thrown off onto Jamaica because their captors feared they would be the most rebellious and unbreakable slaves. This is part of the reason why Jamaica is so strong and so wild, and why such a tiny island has had such a huge impact on the world. This isn't going to be a music documentary, a "talking-head" documentary, or a religious documentary. In the end it will be a spiritual diamond crystal of a film. I'm using film as a prism to depict the island's inner light(spirit) through." Khalik Allah

Directed by Khalik Allah
Produced by Julia Nottingham.

With the support of Doc Society [former BritDoc Fund]


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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