There is some serious conversation going on around the VOF water-cooler regarding BROWN GIRL BEGINS, a feature film directed by Sharon Lewis. The film had its world premiere at the 21st annual Urban World Film Festival in New York City, a five day festival event sponsored by founding partner, HBO and featuring an array of powerhouses such as Ava DuVernay and Chadwick Boseman. Brown Girl Begins is inspired by Nalo Hopkinson’s award winning novel, Brown Girl in the Ring.
Film synopsis… “In 2049 the poor are confined to an island off the mainland of Toronto renamed The Burn. Ti-Jeanne, a reluctant priestess, must resurrect Caribbean spirits and survive the possession ritual that killed her mother or her people will die.”
The book was written in 1998. The Atlantic described it as taking place “in a walled-off inner city filled with crime, drug addiction, and poverty, where the causes of the city’s downward spiral are economic. In the novel, conditions worsen when those with money flee from the city to the suburbs. Policy after government policy fails to “revitalize” the inner-city, and the situation becomes little more than a theoretical policy problem that politicians invoke when they’re running for re-election.”
The film is centered around black women feminism and magic.