*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
Poignant Black films that leave me awestruck have become my bread and butter. For instance, Steve McQueen's Mangrove, Regina King's One Night In Miami and Denzel Washington's unforgettable Fences all had a profound impact on me. But recently, I came across a compelling film that really struck a chord, one that brilliantly captures what it’s like to navigate an ever-changing city that no longer feels like home.
Allow me to introduce Joe Talbot's 2019 drama, The Last Black Man in San Francisco. Inspired by the real-life experiences of actor and San Francisco native, Jimmie Fails, the movie follows Jimmie (Jimmie Fails), a young nurse who can’t seem to let go of his childhood home, which was built by his grandfather. While living in his best friend, Montgomery’s (Jonathan Majors) cramped home in Bayview-Hunters Point, Jimmie revisits the old house on multiple occasions and tries to do some upkeep on the building, against the new tenants’ wishes. However, when they’re eventually forced to move out, Jimmie jumps at the opportunity to reclaim his home.