Farewell Amor

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Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:95 min.
Director:Ekwa Msangi
Screenwriter:Ekwa Msangi
Cinematographer:Bruce Francis Cole
Cast:Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
Zainab Jah
Jayme Lawson
Joe Lee
Marcus Scribner
Nana Mensah
Print Source:IFC Films
Note Writer:David Fear


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am PT on Friday, October 9, and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 18, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the state of California.


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Seventeen years ago, Walter (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Treme) fled war-torn Angola for America, vowing to bring his family over when he could. Now, finally reunited with his wife Esther (Zainab Jah, Dinner Rush) and teenage daughter Sylvia (newcomer Jayme Lawson), each of the family members has trouble adjusting to their new life together in Brooklyn. Walter can’t let go of his feelings for a woman he met during his time alone. The extremely religious Esther can’t understand why God hasn’t miraculously repaired her marriage. And Sylvia is juggling homesickness, the assimilation blues, and a yearning to express herself through dance. From its beautiful opening image of a family reunion, Tanzanian American filmmaker Ekwa Msangi’s debut feature brims with an extraordinary humanity, warmth, and tenderness throughout, featuring three pitch-perfect performances. It’s an immigrants’ story and an American story, which reveals how the agonies and ecstasies of starting over can tear people apart or make their bonds unbreakable.


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Additional Information

Ekwa Msangi is a Tanzanian American filmmaker who has written and directed for television and film, including her feature directorial debut, Farewell Amor. Msangi has also written and directed several drama series for mainstream broadcasters in Kenya and South Africa, including The Agency, MNET’s first-ever original hour-long Kenyan drama series. Along her journey Msangi has been awarded the Jerome Foundation Grant, a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship, and Tribeca Institute and Sundance Institute fellowships.