Night Catches Us

Night Catches Us
Director: Tanya Hamilton

USA, drama, 90 min., 2010, lithuanian subtitles
In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus (Anthony Mackie) returns to the Philadelphia neighbourhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement and Black Panther Party. While his arrival raises suspicion among his family and former neighbours, he finds acceptance from his old friend Patricia (Kerry Washington) and her daughter Iris (Jamara Griffin). However, Marcus quickly finds himself at odds with the organisation he once embraced, whose members suspect he orchestrated the slaying of their former comrade-in-arms. In a startling sequence of events, Marcus must protect a secret that could shatter everyone’s beliefs as he discovers his forbidden passion for Patricia. He must confront the past to build the future... Tanya Hamilton’s feature “Night Catches Us” vividly and meticulously recreates the atmosphere of the 1970s. Besides political events, the film focuses on personal stories and thus is not only a historical document, but also an intimate human drama.

About the director:
American director and writer Tanya Hamilton was born in Jamaica and came to the USA at the age of 8. She graduated from Cooper Union College and Columbia Film School. She began her artistic career as a painter, but soon she felt capable of working with a more complex media – film. Her debut short film “The Killers” (1995) was awarded best short film at the 1996 Berlin International Film Festival and the 1997 New Line Cinema award. In the same year she also received the Director’s Guild of America Award for Best Female Director. Her second film and first full-length feature “Night Catches Us” took 10 years of work and finally had a well-deserved premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2010, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.
Section: Identity

Screenplay: Tanya Hamilton

Dir. of Photography: David Tumblety

Music: The Roots

Cast: Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Jamie Hector, Wendell Pierce, Jamara Griffin