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Brown Girl Begins (2017)

It's 2049 on a forsaken island off the coast of Toronto where the survival of the islanders depends on young Ti-Jeanne to risk death by a spirit so she can take her place as a caribbean priestess and save her people.


Sharon Lewis


Sharon Lewis
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »


Credited cast:
Mouna Traoré ... Ti-Jeanne
Nigel Shawn Williams Nigel Shawn Williams ... Papa Legba / Jab-Jab / Brukfoot Sam
Shakura S'Aida Shakura S'Aida ... Mami
Emmanuel Kabongo ... Tony
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allison Augustin ... Young Ti-Jeanne
Danielle Ayow ... Mami Follower
Measha Brueggergosman ... Mama Ache
Hannah Chantée Hannah Chantée ... Gracie
Alli Chung ... Paula
Rachael Crawford ... Crack
Joey DeCarle Joey DeCarle ... Mami Follower
Sonia Dhillon Tully ... Melba
Leon Elkaim Leon Elkaim ... Mami Follower
Dorett Emanuel Dorett Emanuel ... Mami Follower
Charles Fowler Charles Fowler ... Mami Follower
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A post-apocalyptic tale 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. The fantasy elements of Brown Girl Begins have their basis in Caribbean folklore, inspired by Nalo Hopkinson's award winning novel, Brown Girl in the Ring. It's 2049 and Toronto the Good has been taken over by the wealthy, who have built a wall around the city and expelled the poor to an island off the coast, known as The Burn. The segregated Burn dwellers have been forced to scrape out a living by bartering, recycling, and farming. Mami is the unspoken leader of the Burn, sharing her Caribbean herb lore and leading her followers in an ancient spiritual practice. Ti-Jeanne turns 19 and the time has come for her to succeed her grandmother and become a Priestess. When Mami tries to prepare her to take part in the same possession ceremony that killed ...

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Fantasy | Sci-Fi


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Based on Nalo Hopkinson's novel "Brown Girl in the Ring" (1998). See more »

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Afrofuturistic SciFi
29 March 2019 | by jrneptuneSee all my reviews

Created as a prequel to Brown Girl in the Ring, 1998, Nalo Hopkinson, a Canadian Jamaican Sci Fi Novel, first time that it has been done.

Written and Directed by Sharon Lewis, a big fan of the novel, she wanted to create the prequel based off the novel, taking place in 2049. Her first Sci Film as well.

Mashup of the novel's futuristic Canadian Toronto community along with Jamaican element and its spiritual tales, with an International Opera Star, Measha Brueggergossman, it tells a coming of age story for it lead as has to face a key challenge in her life and overcome her own fears.

The story does get intense and somewhat hard to follow at times. The budget for it was fairly low and that can be telling at times. I was impressed by Nigel Shawn Williams in that he played three different roles and the persona was quite different for each character.

If I had time I would watch it again. I don't regret the time I took watching it.

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25 December 2018 (USA) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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