Lauded Sundance-Selected Film Hits Theaters

Restless City's Sy Alassane (right) and Sky Nicole Grey (Clam Productions)
Restless City's Sy Alassane (right) and Sky Nicole Grey (Clam Productions)

Andrew Dosunmu's Restless City has already garnered its fair share of acclaim from a bevy of media outlets, from the Huffington Post to the New York Times, for its stories of love, life and hustle. Each one is conveyed with a level of aesthetic and visual sensibility that displays the Nigerian director's fashion-photography roots as well as Pariah cinematographer Bradford Young's gritty finesse.  


Sy Alassane plays the movie's ambitious protagonist, Djbril, a West African immigrant whose daily hustle leads him to the lurking dangers of a hazardous love. Restless City connects the common theatrical narratives of love and hardship with the Diaspora. 

After picking up steam as an official film selection at Sundance, Restless City was released in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta by the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, or AAFFRM, on April 27. Restless City will also open in Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Philadelphia; Detroit; and more on May 4. 

For more information about Restless City, and to find upcoming showtimes near you, visit the film's website

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