T A P E Presents: Alma's Rainbow

BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmT A P E Presents: Alma's Rainbow

Showing: 03 August 2024 , 07 August 2024

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Sat 3 Aug 2024
Wed 7 Aug 2024

Certificate15
Year1994
GenreComedy, Drama
Director(s)Ayoka Chenzira
Writer(s)Ayoka Chenzira
LanguageEnglish
CountryUSA
Running Time1HR 29MINS
SeasonMain Programme
Closed Captioning This film will screen with subtitles for the d/Deaf and hard of hearing

An essential film in the ‘90s Black cinema canon - this coming-of-age comedy-drama is written, directed, and produced by award-winning, internationally acclaimed film and video artist Ayoka Chenzira. Newly restored, screening as part of T A P E Collective's SNAPSHOT season.

Alma’s Rainbow explores the life of teenager Rainbow Gold (Victoria Gabrielle Platt) as she enters womanhood and navigates standards of beauty, self-image, and the rights women have over their bodies.

Rainbow attends a strict parochial school, studies dance, and lives with her strait-laced mother Alma (Kim Weston-Moran), who runs a hair salon in the parlour of their home and disapproves of her daughter’s newfound interest in boys. When Alma’s free-spirited sister Ruby (Mizan Kirby) returns from Paris after a ten-year absence, the sisters clash over what constitutes the “proper” direction for Rainbow’s life.

Alma’s Rainbow highlights a multi-layered Black women’s world where the characters live, love, and wrestle with what it means to exert and exercise their agency.

"A gorgeous clarion call for our young Black girls, heralding the community, creativity and confidence that is the pride of our culture.” Ava DuVernay (Origin)

Screening as part of SNAPSHOT - a season of films celebrating Black girls coming of age on their own terms. Presented by T A P E with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.