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Running time: 88 Minutes
Studio: Forward Movement
Distributor: African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AaFFRM)
Film Review by Kam Williams
Excellent (4 stars)
For some reason, most movies aimed at African-American audiences tend to be either over-the-top comedies or morality plays too melodramatic in tone to be taken very seriously. Flying in the face of that trend is I Will Follow, one of those refreshingly rare treats which simply presents black folks in a recognizably realistic fashion, ala such similarly understated classics as Eve's Bayou (1997), Nothing But a Man (1964) and The Visit (2000).
Written and directed by Ava DuVernay (This Is the Life), the picture stars Salli Richardson-Whitfield as Maye Fisher, a successful makeup artist who put her career and her man (Blair Underwood) on hold to attend to a beloved Aunt (Beverly Todd) battling cancer. Amanda had served as an inspirational role model for Maye during childhood, which made it easy for the grateful niece to resolve to return the favor at her hour of need.
Salli Richardson-Whitfield - The "I Will Follow" Interview