Brown Girl Begins is a science-fiction fantasy drama set in a post-apocalyptic Toronto
Brown Girl Begins is an afrofuturist feature film about a young black woman who is trapped in a world forced upon her. Ti-Jeanne, a reluctant priestess, must resurrect Caribbean spirits and survive the possession ritual that killed her mother, or her people will die. Directed by Sharon Lewis. Lewis was inspired to make the film after reading Nalo Hopkinson’s novel, Brown Girl in the Ring. The movie is a prequel to the book and tells the story of Ti-Jeanne.
"It’s 2049 and it’s not like Blade Runner 2049. Our 2049 actually has a lot of people of colour. I love Blade Runner, but this world is Toronto, it’s multicultural Toronto. All the wealthy have fled and left the poor to fend on their own. And this young Caribbean-Canadian woman rises up, calls on her ancestors and leads her community into salvation." - Sharon Lewis
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