Starring: Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Brian Tyree Henry, Regina King
Drama written and directed by Barry Jenkins and the story follows a newly engaged Harlem woman, Tish (Kiki Layne), who races against the clock to prove her lover’s, Alonzo ‘Fonny’ Hunt (Stephan James), innocence while carrying their first-born child.
James Baldwin: [voice over] When I was growing up, I was trying to make a connection between the life I saw and the life I lived. There are days when you wonder what your role is in this country, and what your future is in it. This is one of them. The thing that tormented me the most was the very thing that connected me to all the people who are alive. I’ll tell you a story if I may.
Alonzo ‘Fonny’ Hunt: You ready for this?
Tish Rivers: I’ve never been more ready for anything in my whole life. You know I love you, no matter what happens.
Alonzo ‘Fonny’ Hunt: [to Tish] I’m yours and you’re mine, and that’s it. You’re with me all the time.
Tish Rivers: Mom?
Sharon Rivers: Yeah, baby.
[to Fonny whilst she’s visiting him in prison]
Tish Rivers: Honey, there’s something I got to tell you.
Alonzo ‘Fonny’ Hunt: I’m sorry, baby. I didn’t mean to hurt you. I love you, you know that.
Tish Rivers: I do, and I understand what you’re going through, because I’m with you.
Alonzo ‘Fonny’ Hunt: I want to hold you in my arms, and I got to hold our baby in my arms.
Tish Rivers: We’ll find a way.
Alonzo ‘Fonny’ Hunt: Just remember, I’ll be home soon.
Sharon Rivers: We are drinking to new life. Tish is going to have Fonny’s baby.
Joseph Rivers: I hope it’s a boy. Come on over here, darling.
Joseph Rivers: [to Tish] You’re a good girl, and I’m proud of you. Don’t you ever forget it.
Mrs. Hunt: And who’s going to be responsible for this baby?
Tish Rivers: The father and the mother.
Mrs. Hunt: That child was born of sin.
Sharon Rivers: That child is your grandchild. What difference does it make how it gets here?
Ernestine Rivers: [to Tish] Unbow your head, sister.
Sharon Rivers: We’ve known Fonny for all his life. He’s about to pay for something he didn’t do.
[referring to Fonny and Tish]
Joseph Rivers: These are out children and we’ve got to set them free.
Sharon Rivers: Remember, love is what brought you here. And if you’ve trusted love this far, don’t panic now. Trust it all the way.
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