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Residue (2020)



Critic Consensus: Residue brilliantly reflects the unsettling experience of confronting memories in the place they were made -- and marks an auspicious debut for writer-director Merawi Gerima.

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RESIDUE chronicles aspiring filmmaker Jay (Obinna Nwachukwu) who returns to his native Washington, DC to find his old neighborhood is gentrified beyond recognition. Dealing with alienation from his friends, troubled by the disappearance of a loved one and unsure of his place in this new community, Jay confronts issues of identity, isolation and loss on a tumultuous personal journey.


Jacari Dye
as Young Jay
Julian Selman
as Young Demetrius
Melody Tally
as Lavonne
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A righteously angry meditation on people, place and time, "Residue" marks not just an arresting directing debut for Gerima, but a blunt statement on contemporary culture.

September 21, 2020 | Full Review…

An artful and piercing debut.

September 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Gerima's challenging, engrossing filmmaking style is measured, simultaneously realistic and impressionistic.

September 17, 2020 | Full Review…

These issues persist. And Gerima explores new ways to dwell on them. If nothing else, the feelings he drums up in Residue linger.

September 17, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Merawi Gerima's debut makes a powerful impression.

September 17, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Even when I found the stylistic choices irritating, I couldn't deny that they were intentionally deployed by a confident filmmaker in full control of his craft.

September 17, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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