Feature Film Program

Black Mother

Part film, part baptism, Black Mother is a spiritual exploration of Jamaica through an auteur’s eyes.

Filmmaker in attendance!


Wed Jul 18 7:00 PM

The Films

Black Mother

Khalik Allah | USA | 77

Part film, part baptism, in Black Mother director Khalik Allah brings us on a spiritual odyssey through Jamaica. Soaking up its bustling metropolises and tranquil countryside, Allah introduces us to a succession of vividly rendered souls who call this island home. Their candid testimonies create a polyphonic symphony, set against a visual prayer of indelible portraiture.Immersed into the sacred, the profane, and everything in-between, Black Mother channels rebellion and reverence into a deeply personal ode informed by Jamaica’s turbulent history but existing in the urgent present.Black Mother was the recipient of the 2015 Rooftop Films and Technological Cinevideo Services Camera Grant.

Symphony of a Sad Sea

Carlos Morales Mancilla | Mexico | 12

Hugo ran away from the cartel violence in Guerrero, Mexico. As he watches peacefully the whales swimming in the cold sea of Baja, California Norte, he narrates how his 14 year old brother was brutally murdered. Hugo, only 16 years old with a profound sadness and with no family but his father, is sure of only one thing; crossing to the other side of the wall to meet with him, the only person he still has.


CASYM Steel Orchestra

Chris Wattz


Event Details

7:00 PM
Live Music from CASYM Steel Orchestra, Radamiz, and Chris Wattz
8:15 PM
Films Begin
9:45 PM
Q&A with filmmaker Khalik Allah
This is a free event. In the case of rain, show will be rescheduled. No outside alcohol is permitted.


Socrates Sculpture Park

32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, NY 11106

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