Alma's Rainbow

Directed by Ayoka Chenzira

Release Year: 1994
Running Time: 85
Color Type: Color
Country: U.S.
Language: English
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Screening Info
Cast
Kim Weston-Moran
Victoria Gabrielle Platt
Mizan Nunes
Lee Dobson

Crew
Directed by Ayoka Chenzira
Cinematographer Ronald K. Gray
Editor Lillian Benson

Alma’s Rainbow is a coming-of-age comedy-drama about three Black women living in Brooklyn. Ayoka Chenzira’s feature film explores the life of teenager Rainbow Gold (Victoria Gabrielle Platt) who is entering womanhood and navigating conversations and experiences around standards of beauty, self-image, and the rights Black women have over their bodies. Rainbow attends a strict parochial school, studies dance, and is just becoming aware of boys. She lives with her strait-laced mother Alma Gold (Kim Weston-Moran), who runs a hair salon in the parlor of their home. When Alma’s free-spirited sister Ruby (Mizan Kirby) arrives from Paris after a 10-year absence, the sisters clash over what constitutes the “proper” direction Rainbow’s life should take. Alma has fooled herself into believing she has no need of male companionship and advises her daughter to follow her example. Ruby encourages both her niece and her sister to embrace life – and love – fully and joyfully. Alma’s Rainbow highlights a multi-layered Black women’s world where the characters live, love, and wrestle with what it means to exert and exercise their agency.

Restoration by the Academy Film Archive, Film Foundation, and Milestone Films. Restoration supervised by Mark Toscano. Funding provided by The Film Foundation and Hobson Lucas Family Foundation. Lab: Roundabout Entertainment and Audio Mechanics. With thanks to Vincent Pirozzi.

Critical Acclaim

“A richly seasoned dish with humorous seasoning."

"A gorgeous clarion call for our young Black girls, heralding the community, creativity and confidence that is the pride of our culture.

"Ayoka has been and remains an important filmmaker whose works inspire and celebrate the richness of Black culture. Through her vision, we witness the pain and beauty of the Black experience in a way that encourages hope and love. We need this."

“Unspools the complex relationships between two generations of women.”

"An integral part of ’90s Black cinema.” 

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