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Alma's Rainbow

Directed by Ayoka Chenzira

Release: 1994
Runtime: 85
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Director: Ayoka Chenzira
Editor: Lillian Benson
Cinematographer: Ronald K. Gray

Alma’s Rainbow is a coming-of-age comedy-drama about three Black women living in Brooklyn. Ayoka Chenzira’s feature film explores the life of teenager Rainbow Gold (Victoria Gabrielle Platt) who is entering womanhood and navigating conversations and experiences around standards of beauty, self-image, and the rights Black women have over their bodies. Rainbow attends a strict parochial school, studies dance, and is just becoming aware of boys. She lives with her strait-laced mother Alma Gold (Kim Weston-Moran), who runs a hair salon in the parlor of their home. When Alma’s free-spirited sister Ruby (Mizan Kirby) arrives from Paris after a 10-year absence, the sisters clash over what constitutes the “proper” direction Rainbow’s life should take. Alma has fooled herself into believing she has no need of male companionship and advises her daughter to follow her example. Ruby encourages both her niece and her sister to embrace life – and love – fully and joyfully. Alma’s Rainbow highlights a multi-layered Black women’s world where the characters live, love, and wrestle with what it means to exert and exercise their agency.

Restoration by the Academy Film Archive, The Film Foundation, and Milestone Films. Restoration supervised by Mark Toscano. Funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation. Lab: Roundabout Entertainment and Audio Mechanics. With thanks to Vincent Pirozzi.

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Technical Info

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Color


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5th Avenue Cinema Portland 1674795600January 27 - January 29, 2023
American Cinematheque Los Angeles 1659844800August 7 - August 20, 2022
Amherst Cinema Amherst 1664510400September 30 - October 7, 2022
Austin Film Society Austin 1662868800September 11 - September 15, 2022
BAM Rose Cinemas Brooklyn 1659067200July 29 - August 12, 2022
CineSpeak Philadelphia 1663905600September 23 - September 24, 2022
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1662868800September 11 - October 21, 2022
Cornell Cinema Ithaca 1661140800August 22 - August 26, 2022
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Notre Dame 1662004800September 1 - September 4, 2022
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit 1665720000October 14 - October 17, 2022
Film POP Montreal 1664683200October 2 - October 3, 2022
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1660881600August 19 - August 26, 2022
Globe Cinema Calgary 1661918400August 31 - September 1, 2022
Indiana University Cinema Bloomington 1659931200August 8 - August 9, 2022
Laemmle Theatres Los Angeles 1660276800August 12 - August 26, 2022
Northwest Film Forum Seattle 1668056400November 10 - November 18, 2022
Philadelphia Film Society Philadelphia 1668834000November 19 - November 20, 2022
Revue Cinema Toronto 1659844800August 7 - August 11, 2022
Roxy Cinema New York 1660190400August 11 - August 18, 2022
Smith Rafael Film Center San Rafael 1668920400November 20 - November 22, 2022
SNF Parkway Theatre Baltimore 1659672000August 5 - August 12, 2022
Suns Cinema Washington 1661832000August 30 - September 1, 2022
The Little Theatre Rochester 1662696000September 9 - September 30, 2022
The Nightlight Cinema Akron 1662177600September 3 - September 24, 2022
Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus 1662004800September 1 - September 2, 2022
Winnipeg Cinematheque Winnipeg 1662609600September 8 - September 19, 2022