Image from the motion picture Alma's Rainbow

Alma's Rainbow

Comedy, Drama | 1994 | 85MIN

Director

Ayoka Chenzira

Cast

Kim Weston-Moran
Victoria Gabrielle Platt
Mizan Kirby

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Julie Dash presents a new 4K restoration of Ayoka Chenzira’s Alma’s Rainbow, restored by Milestone Films, the Academy Film Archive, and Film Foundation.

A coming-of-age comedy-drama about three African American women living in Brooklyn, Alma’s Rainbow explores the life of teenager Rainbow Gold (Victoria Gabrielle Platt) as she enters womanhood and navigates standards of beauty, self-image, and the rights women have over their bodies. Rainbow attends a strict parochial school, studies dance, and lives with her strait-laced mother Alma (Kim Weston-Moran), who runs a hair salon in the parlor of their home and disapproves of her daughter’s newfound interest in boys. When Alma’s free-spirited sister Ruby (Mizan Kirby) returns from Paris after a ten-year absence, the sisters clash over what constitutes the “proper” direction for Rainbow’s life. Alma’s Rainbow highlights a multi-layered Black women’s world where the characters live, love, and wrestle with what it means to exert and exercise their agency.

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