The Photograph (2020)

The Photograph
Director: Stella Meghie
Writer: Stella Meghie
Cast: Issa Rae, LaKeith Stanfield, Chanté Adams, Y’lan Noel, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lil Rel Howery, Teyonah Parris, Rob Morgan, Chelsea Peretti, Courtney B. Vance
Seen on: 16.9.2020

Michael (LaKeith Stanfield) is a journalist who has been working on a story for a while. When he interviews Isaac (Rob Morgan), a photograph catches his eye in Isaac’s home. Taken by a young photographer, Christine Eames (Chanté Adams) who was obviously very important to Isaac in the past (Y’lan Noel), Michael becomes interested in Christine’s life. But Christine passed away, so instead, Michael finds her daughter Mae (Issa Rae) who works as a curator in a museum. As they both rediscover her mother’s work and her past, the two are drawn to each other more and more.

I expected The Photograph to be a sappy love story and it is certainly that but it didn’t touch me quite as much as it should have.

The film poster showing Mae (Isaa Rae) and Michael (LaKeith Stanfield) pressing their foreheads together. The image is black and white.
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Hair Love (2019)

Hair Love
Director: Matthew A. Cherry, Everett Downing Jr., Bruce W. Smith
Writer: Matthew A. Cherry
Cast: Issa Rae
Seen on: 23.1.2020
[You can watch it here!]

A little girl tries to get her hair ready for school with the help of a video tutorial. But this isn’t as easy as it looks. When her father sees her attempts, he tries to help – but it’s not like he has much more capabilities in that regard either.

Hair Love is a supercute, touching short film that shows black fatherhood in a very different way from what we usually get to see in media: as a caring, gender-boundary breaking love. It has a nice sense of humor, too, and manages to get very emotional in such a short runtime. The only thing that I would have loved is if they hadn’t gotten rid of the mom so permanently to tell this story. But that’s really just nitpicking and I’d give the film all the stars, if I gave stars at all.

The film poster showing the drawing of a father standing behind his daughter looking nonplussed at her hair, a giant afro.