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IFBEALESTREETCOULDTALKClosesOutInauguralSmithsonianAfricanAmericanFilmFestival

Judith Davis
6mo New York, NY, United States Story
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK Closes Out Inaugural Smithsonian African American Film Festival

Academy Award-winning writer/director Barry Jenkins’ first film since the Best Picture Oscar-winning Moonlight is If Beale Street Could, his adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel — the first English-language feature film based on the work of the author, to whom the movie is dedicated.

Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple’s unbreakable bond and the African-American family’s empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers (screen newcomer KiKi Layne). A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish vividly recall the passion, respect, and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny (Stephan James). Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

Through the unique intimacy and power of cinema, If Beale Street Could Talk honors the author’s prescient words and imagery, charting the emotional currents navigated in an unforgiving and racially biased world as the filmmaker poetically crosses time frames to show how love and humanity endure.



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  • Renee Schumer
    6mo ago

    I just saw this movie yesterday. It’s beautiful and emotional movie. I feel pain and injustice after watching this movie. @Judith Davis 

    I just saw this movie yesterday. It’s beautiful and emotional movie. I feel pain and injustice after watching this movie. @Judith Davis 


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