IFC Films released the trailer for writer/director Ekwa Msangi’s intimate immigrant story Farewell Amor, an Official Selection of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. The film starring Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (“The Chi”), Zainab Jah (False Positive), Jayme Lawson (The Batman) will open on Friday, December 11, 2020 in theatres and on Digital and VOD.
In the film, 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.
Writer/director Ekwa Msangi said that Farewell Amor is inspired by a family story that is only spoken about in whispers: My aunt and uncle have remained married for 20+ years, and aside from only two years together, they’ve spent all of that time separated by visa immigration issues with my uncle in the USA and my aunt and cousin in Tanzania. Despite the harsh effects that this has had on their family bond and personal lives, they refuse to let the relationship go, hopeful that one day they will be reunited.