Afrofuturistic film “Brown Girl Begins” coming to New York’s UrbanWorld Film Festival

Have you heard about Brown Girl in the Ring? Well, you’ll start hearing about it more as we head into the fall.

According to Shadow and Act, Brown Girl Begins, the film adaptation of the 1998 afrofuturist novel Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson will make its world premiere Sept. 23 at New York’s UrbanWorld Film Festival. The film’s description, as Shadow and Act states, reads:

“In 2049 the poor are confined to an island off the mainland of Toronto renamed The Burn. Ti-Jeanne, a reluctant priestess, must resurrect Caribbean spirits and survive the possession ritual that killed her mother or her people will die.”

The Atlantic further described the novel as taking place in “a walled-off inner city filled with crime, drug addiction, and poverty where the causes of the city’s downward spiral are economic.” The economy plight eventually becomes used for political gain.

The film is written and directed by Sharon Lewis, and was successfully crowdfunded to 116 percent in 2015. Check out the trailer below, and see more pictures at Shadow and Act!

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