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The story of two young brothers, their adoptive mother, and the last remaining enclave of the Saltwater Geechee people

On the barrier island of Sapelo, two brothers, JerMarkest and Johnathan, are growing up in the last remaining enclave of the Saltwater Geechee people. Their greatest joy is exploring the island like their adoptive mother, Cornelia Walker Bailey, did as a child. As Sapelo’s storyteller and elder matriarch, Cornelia works to preserve what remains of this unique community established by her ancestors.

Reflecting on the complicated splendour of her youth, Cornelia strives to shepherd her young sons through theirs. At the dawn of adolescence, the brothers inherit her hope, but their bond is tested as they begin to face the wider world.


An affecting coming of age story underpinned by a lament for a vanishing heritage with a tender human touch.
Screen International


Available online | nationwide
From 4 Jun - 11 Jul

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