Imperial Dreams
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Showings
Lark TheatreSat, Oct 4, 2014 5:30 PM Not Available
 
Rafael 2Sun, Oct 5, 2014 2:00 PM Not Available
 
Rafael 2Wed, Oct 8, 2014 11:30 AM Not Available
 
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Country:US
Year:2014
Running Time:87
Director:Malik Vitthal
Producer:Katherine Fairfax Wright
Jonathan Schwartz
Andrea Sperling
Screenwriter:Malik Vitthal
Ismet Prcic
Cinematographer:Monika Lenczewska
Editor:Suzanne Spangler
Cast:John Boyega
Rotimi Akinosho
Glenn Plummer
Keke Palmer
De'Aundre Bonds
Justin Coach
Ethan Coach
Print Source:Katherine Fairfax Wright
Note Writer:Leah LoSchiavo
Description
An aspiring and gifted young writer, freshly returned to his Watts neighborhood after a two-year prison stint, dreams of better days for himself and his son in this unexpectedly hopeful depiction of inner-city life. There is no one to greet 21-year-old Bambi on the day he’s released, and his homecoming is tellingly grim: His alcoholic mother is passed out on the couch and his four-year-old, Day, plays alone in a corner. Against the odds and with criminal temptations all around—including ultimatums from his drug-dealing uncle—Bambi sets out to end this seemingly endless cycle of poverty and despair, only to butt up against incessant bureaucratic catch-22s. Writer-director Malik Vitthalforgoes gangsta-movie clichés in his tender and insightful feature debut. Its heart is the relationship between Bambi and Day, and its soul is the performance of John Boyega (Attack the Block), a rising star straight outta London but riveting in the slums of L.A.

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