The Last Tree
Featuring a special guest performance by Western Edge Youth Arts
Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Shola Amoo’s semi-autobiographical second feature focuses on Femi, a young boy caught between different mothers and backgrounds.
Femi (played by BIFA award-winner Sam Adewunmi), a British boy of Nigerian heritage, enjoys a happy childhood in rural England where he is raised by doting foster mother Mary — until his birth mother Yinka reclaims him and deposits him into a much different life in her small inner-London flat. With little emotional bond to his biological mother and no remembrance of their cultural heritage, Femi struggles to adapt. As he adjusts to his new environment, he neglects the wishes of both of his "mothers". He is faced with a decision about what kind of a man he wants to become, and must forge ahead in a courageous pursuit of his own identity.
Featuring stunning cinematography evocative of Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, this is a powerful portrait of young British masculinity.
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