Barry Jenkins’ If Beale St. Could Talk is a hopeful look at the systematic racism in America. It’s a beautifully made film, and the actors’ performances are a highlight. Though the plot is disheartening, it’s still a lovely story.
In the 1970s, Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James) are a young Black couple looking to move in together. After a series of incidents get Fonny on a cop’s bad side, he is arrested for rape, despite the fact that he couldn’t have physically traveled from the scene of the “rape” to where he was arrested in the amount of time given. Meanwhile, Tish discovers she is pregnant with their first child. Tish, Fonny, and their families come together to fight the challenges that are being thrown at them, and do their best to meet them head on.
This film is heartbreakingly real, and a perfect choice for your Valentine’s Day date.
If Beale St. Could Talk
dir. Barry Jenkins
Screens Friday, 2/14 at 7:30 p.m. at Video Underground (RSVP requested)