Here’s another one for great indie black films. We’ve just discovered a new gem in the form of 22-year-old British director Cecile Emeke who’s new short film ‘Ackee and Saltfish‘ has just been released.
The film trails the story of two best friends Olivia (Michelle Tiwo) and Rachel (Vanessa Babirye) who go out in search of something alternative to eat in trendy Dalston after Rachel forgets to soak the saltfish from the night before.
The storyline sounds simple enough, but these two actresses are phenomenal as their friendly banter weaves through everything from cous cous, to how to nab a ‘cool bald dude’ like Common, all the way to what it would feel like to be adopted by the uber cool Solange Knowles.
According to its synopsis, “the film was inspired by the everyday experiences and conversations had during a time when the whole of London was quickly being gentrified. The film explores the theme of gentrification through the gaze of two, young, black women who were born and raised in London.”
What’s so endearing about this quirky film is just how realistic it is. It’s the kind of banter every young, carefree black girl out there has with her BFF.
The film is available to watch online for only £3, but it is absolutely worth it.
It’s a must see, so go see it and support black British creativity.
“Cous-cous is not rice…”
On a sunny Sunday afternoon Olivia and Rachel carry out their usual routine…absolute relaxation, however when the time comes to whip up some brunch it turns out Rachel forgot to soak the saltfish overnight. With an empty fridge, a lazy sunday afternoon state of mind and hearts set on ackee & saltfish, the two friends decide to drive down the road to Dalston to get some Caribbean takeaway. Their mission for some nourishment turns sour as the social ills present in their native Dalston divides their opinions and tensions begin to rise. Their situation escalates and somehow things turn from empty-bellied banter about Solange Knowles, and cous-cous, to heated conversations about society and the state of the world.