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IWOW: I Walk on Water

Khalik Allah
By night, the streets of Harlem are filled with lost souls. Bodies floating in the dark and carrying the weight of the past on their shoulders. Frenchie, a Haitian man, is one of them, the product of years of wandering and humiliation. In his hypnotic film Khalik Allah, who began his career as a photographer for the Wu-Tang Clan, takes the American tradition of street photography to a new artistic level. His portrayal of the inhabitants of New York’s mean streets is more reminiscent of religious painting than socially conscious art (his closest Russian counterpart is Artur Aristakisyan). For Allah, who is half Iranian and half Jamaican, Frenchie is not simply a victim of oppression, but a symbol of spiritual strength and purity. Shot on 8 mm, 16 mm and video and clocking in at 200 minutes, IWOW is edited like a hip hop mixtape, putting the viewer in a trance whether they start watching from the beginning or the middle of the film. This personal manifesto has become an unwitting response to the Black Lives Matter movement, and understands the word black to stand primarily for spiritual experience.

Khalik Allah, born in 1985, is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker. His passion for photography was sparked when he began photographing members of the Wu-Tang Clan with a camera he borrowed from his father. His first feature documentary, Field Niggas (2014), shot at nighttime on the corner of Harlem’s 125th Street and Lexington Avenue, was a stunningly raw symphony of Harlem street life that became a sensation on the festival circuit. Allah worked as a cinematographer and assistant director for Beyoncé’s video album Lemonade and his second documentary, Black Mother (2018), won the Yellow Robin Award at the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2018. His latest work, IWOW: I Walk On Water (2020), was selected for CPH:DOX 2020.

Khalik Allah, born in 1985, is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker. His passion for photography was sparked when he began photographing members of the Wu-Tang Clan with a camera he borrowed from his father. His first feature documentary, Field Niggas (2014), shot at nighttime on the corner of Harlem’s 125th Street and Lexington Avenue, was a stunningly raw symphony of Harlem street life that became a sensation on the festival circuit. Allah worked as a cinematographer and assistant director for Beyoncé’s video album Lemonade and his second documentary, Black Mother (2018), won the Yellow Robin Award at the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2018. His latest work, IWOW: I Walk On Water (2020), was selected for CPH:DOX 2020.

Year:
2020
Country:
USA
Length:
200'
Language:
English
Subtitles:
Russian
Director:
Khalik Allah
Producers:
Sofian Khan, Vikki Tobak
Cinematography:
Khalik Allah
Music:
4th Disciple
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