It’s not often you get a film that’s an original concept, entertaining, with a talented cast and a pretty decent educational value these days. It’s even far less common with films with a predominately African-American cast, unfortunately. Sudz Sutherland’s Home Again is all those things and then some. The latest from the Canadian director and writer does not disappoint.
Tatyana Ali, Stephan James, Lyriq Bent and CCH Pounder co-star in the film, which looks at increased deportation rates for long time North American residents back to their birth country of Jamaica. Through the characters of a single mother, a recovering drug dealer and a reckless teenager the viewer is taken on a journey of just how real it gets when you are forced to go “back home.” Jamaica serves as an ironic back drop for the film, the popular vacation spot for Americans is put under a magnifying glass and the harsh realities of middle to low class life are brought to the forefront.
The film isn’t preachy, there’s really no time to be. Home Again is meant to entertain, the insight provided is just a product of great research and writing. The characters feel remarkably real and over the course of the film the viewer becomes invested in their lives and the hopes for the best possible outcome in some harsh situations.
Fefe Dobson also appears in the One Village Entertainment, RLJ Entertainment distributed film. The film is available on DVD in stores now.
Home Again receives a PARLÉ
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