The Last Black Man in San Francisco
The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

classified 15


Please note: This was screened in Oct 2019

Joe Talbot
Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan
121 mins, 2019,  USA
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Debut director Joe Talbot and writer/star Jimmie Fails create a gorgeous, funny, and inventive meditation on art, home, black culture and gentrification in California's Bay Area.

Directly inspired by their lives, Fails himself stars as Jimmie, who dreams of reclaiming the beautiful late 19th Century home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco's Fillmore District, before harder times and changing demographics forced his family out. Together with his best friend Mont (Jonathan Majors), they plot to recreate the home his family once had - as if the neighbourhood had never changed. However, as Jimmie struggles to connect with his family and deconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation...

A love letter to a disappearing side of a city they adore, this is a poignant and sweeping reminder that communities are made (and kept alive) by the people who care for them.

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