Amman AbbasiUSA75 minutes201714AEnglish

Feb 18
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A rural Arkansas town is not a setting where most would expect to find in a story about Black male adolescence. However, Amman Abbasi's feature debut, Dayveon, simultaneously uses the lush natural beauty of central Arkansas and the prevailing poverty of lethargic, small-town USA to tell a universally resonant coming-of-age story. The film revolves around the title character Dayveon, a 13-year old struggling with the gang-related death of his older brother and his own curiosity about the very lifestyle that ended his brother's life. Devin Blackmon, Dontrell Bright, and Lachion Buckingham — all non-professional actors — give incredibly nuanced performances that accurately and artfully portray the struggle many young black men face growing up in areas with few opportunities. Abassi's choice to shoot the film using a 4:3 aspect ratio and with a low depth-of-field makes the viewer feel as if they too are trapped in the confines of a small town during a sweltering summer. With its deep association to nature Dayveon stands out from its contemporaries, successfully capturing the social disillusion that many young Black men feel today.


Additional Credits

Amman Abbasi
Production Company
Symbolic Exchange, Salem Street Entertainment, Mama Bear present
Devin Blackmon, Kordell "KD" Johnson, Dontrell Bright, Chasity Moore, Lachion Buckingham, Marquell Manning
International Sales Agent
Visit Films
US Sales Agent
Visit Films
Canadian Distributor
US Distributor