BGN interviews Ekwa Msangi (Director/Writer) and Jayme Lawson (Sylvia) for the film Farewell Amor.
After 17 years apart, Angolan immigrant Walter is joined in the U.S. by his wife and teen daughter. Now absolute strangers sharing a one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment, they struggle to overcome the emotional distance between them. Walter is trying to let go of a previous relationship while his wife Esther struggles with a new country, culture, and a husband who seems distant.
Their daughter Sylvia is a dancer just like her father, and while she also finds her new life difficult, she bravely starts to explore the city and show herself through dance. The film is both a universal immigrant story and the unique perspective of three characters bound together by history and hope. It is an intimate and deeply personal look at an inter-generational tale that has defined America since its inception.
Interviewer: Jeandra LeBeauf
Video Editor: Jamie Broadnax
Farewell Amor is in theaters and On Demand on December 11, 2020.