Four Films by Khalik Allah

Four Films by Khalik Allah

5 Episodes

The films of visionary street photographer Khalik Allah are dreamlike drifts through the margins of society, gritty and sublime portraits of the disenfranchised and dispossessed that, in their infinite compassion and philosophical insight, achieve an almost spiritual transcendence. Growing out of his acclaimed work as a photographer documenting the lives of homeless addicts in New York, Allah’s impressionistic early shorts URBAN RASHOMON and ANTONYMS OF BEAUTY paved the way for his astonishing first feature, FIELD NIGGAS, a stunningly raw symphony of Harlem street life that became a sensation on the festival circuit. With his most recent feature, BLACK MOTHER, a mesmerizing exploration of the many dimensions of Jamaican society, Allah confirms himself as one of the most vital and original filmmakers working today, an audiovisual alchemist who transforms unvarnished truth into ecstatic poetry.

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Four Films by Khalik Allah
  • Meet Khalik Allah

    Episode 1

  • Urban Rashomon

    Episode 2

    Directed by Khalik Allah • 2013 • United States

    With raw, harrowing honesty, photographer-filmmaker Khalik Allah explores the complex relationship between artist and subject as he reflects on his friendship with a homeless addict living on the streets of Harlem.

  • Antonyms of Beauty

    Episode 3

    Directed by Khalik Allah • 2013 • United States

    Khalik Allah’s unflinching follow-up to his short URBAN RASHOMON breaks down the barriers between photography and cinema to create a free-associative portrait of a mentally ill homeless man named Frenchie.

  • Field Niggas

    Episode 4

    Directed by Khalik Allah • 2014 • United States

    Khalik Allah’s stunning feature debut combines elements of urban street portraiture, observational documentary, and avant-garde technique to create a hallucinatory sensory experience. Filmed around the intersection of 125th Street and Lexington Ave...

  • Black Mother

    Episode 5

    Directed by Khalik Allah • 2018 • United States

    Part film, part baptism, BLACK MOTHER brings us on a spiritual journey through Jamaica. Soaking up its bustling metropolises and tranquil countryside, director Khalik Allah introduces us to a succession of vividly rendered souls who call this islan...