This year’s LA Film Festival has a wonderful array of films from African diaspora talent, many of which have been covered here over the past few weeks.
One of the most anticipated films, and we’ve covered it and its director’s rising career over the past few years, comes from filmmaker Shola Amoo with his feature film debut “A Moving Image,” which makes its worldwide premiere this Sunday, June 5th at 2pm in the World Fiction Competition.
“A Moving Image” is a multimedia feature film about gentrification in Brixton, incorporating fiction, documentary and performance art. The film stars Tanya Fear, who was also featured in Amoo’s festival favorite film “Touch,” as Nina, a young stifled artist who returns to her community after a long absence – and is soon painted as a symbol of gentrification. As she struggles with her own complicity, we follow her mission to create a piece of art that can bring her community together. On her journey, the filmmakers speak to real people affected by gentrification in Brixton, as well as internationally, blurring the line between reality and fiction.
With gentrification in working class communities being such a hot topic in many major cities, including Los Angeles, Amoo’s project is extremely timely and relevant…and from seeing an early preview, totally entertaining.
In addition to writing about film, television, and media, Curtis Caesar John is a film exhibitor and advocate, born and raised in Brooklyn, NYC. Follow him on Twitter @MediaManCurt