As part of Black History Month, Film Unit presents The Last Tree (2019) in collaboration with the University of Sheffield African-Caribbean Society, Nigerian Society and BME Committee.
The Last Tree is the profoundly moving story of a young boy finding identity. Nigerian-British boy, Femi grew up with his British Foster mother, Mary, in the sun-dappled east coast countryside of Lincolnshire. However, this joyfully idyllic childhood is brought to an abrupt halt when Femi’s birth mother Yinka, arrives, saying she is ready to take her son home. Femi finds himself uprooted to the urban tower-flats of inner-city London where he struggles to bond with the mother he barely knows.
As Femi becomes a teenager he feels increasingly out-of-place struggling to find belonging and balance between studies and street life. This heartfelt coming-of-age drama has powerful performances, tactile visuals and an elegantly fluid score. Shola Amoo’s semi-autobiographical film is told with great compassion and energy. This screening will be preceded by a introductory speaker that is TBC.