There have been a lot of conversations about Black pain as of late, whether in the news or in the movies. How do you thoughtfully depict it? Where is the line drawn? I’m far from an expert on the topic, but it seems to me that Steve McQueen, in Mangrove, the second of his Small Axe films, has found at least one answer: counterbalance that Black pain with Black joy.
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Director Steve McQueen, the filmmaker behind poignant and powerful dramas like 12 Years a Slave and Widows, is bringing an anthology series if five films to Amazon late this year, and a new trailer has arrived with a peak at each of the stories within.
Under the title Small Axe, derived from the African proverb, “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe,” the films tell stories about London’s West Indian community from the late 1960s through the mid 1980s. Leitita Wright, John Boyega, Shaun Parkes, Michael Ward, Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn, Kenyah Sandy, and Sheyi Cole all star in the films about people whose lives have been “shaped by their own force of will despite rampant racism and discrimination.” Watch the Small Axe trailer below. Read More »
Amazon Prime Video has released the official trailer for Mangrove, the first of five films in Steve McQueen‘s highly anticipated Small Axe anthology series, two of which were included in the Cannes 2020 Official Selection. Mangrove, a rousing drama about the protest march of the Mangrove 9, a group of Black activists who clashed with London police during a protest march in 1970, was one of those selected for Cannes. See why it received that special distinction with the Mangrove trailer below.
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