Ultimately my films aren’t just films—they’re channels, portals. I want to have that type of impression where people watch it, and cinematically, their eye has changed.
Born in 1985, Khalik Allah is a multi-faceted director, film-maker and photographer whose street photography is visual storytelling at its grittiest. Shooting film at night with only the light pouring from storefront windows, street lights, cars, and flashing ambulances, he captures raw and intimate portraits of “souls against the concrete.” 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. In 2016, Allah worked as a cinematographer and assistant director for Beyoncé’s video album Lemonade. For his documentary BLACK MOTHER (2018), Allah travelled back to the homeland of his mother: Jamaica. The film won the Yellow Robin Award at Curacao IFFR. His latest work is the documentary IWOW: I WALK ON WATER (2020), which was selected at CPH: DOX 2020.