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Kissed by the Devil (2011)

Kissed by the Devil is an emotional and riveting drama that tears at your heart-strings. Although Oakland Hill is a well known, late night radio personality, her life is far from storybook.... See full summary »

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Oakland Davenport-Hill
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Michael Davenport -Hill
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June Henderson
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Jordan King
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Elgin Davenport
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Kareena White
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Young Michael
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Young Oakland
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Kevin Fort
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Prison Guard at Gate
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Jacquline Little
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Kissed by the Devil is an emotional and riveting drama that tears at your heart-strings. Although Oakland Hill is a well known, late night radio personality, her life is far from storybook. She spends most of her time caring for her mentally ill brother Michael, who witnessed their father commit an unimaginable act. Oakland searches for answers to what really happened. She turns to her brother, who dismisses her in fear of the truth. Unable to find the understanding she's looking for, Oakland decides to take matters in her own hands. She visits her father days before he is to be executed and what she learns will change her life forever. Written by M. Legend Brown

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One woman's unrelenting quest for answers about the past makes her future precarious.
2 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At a time when genre-based ethnic films slouch between'unremarkable' and' unwatchable ,' the director M. Legend Brown delivers a short film of great promise. The name of the film is "'Kissed by the Devil" and I attended the premier at the most famous movie theater in Texas. Under the heading of full disclosure,I must reveal that I read the feature length screenplay for this film before seeing the short. So, I understood the intricate plot and rich characterizations. Despite knowing the story arc, I found this film an important work.

"Kissed by the Devil,'stunningly photographed by Michael Ciancio has an almost respiratory quality to it. The film invites you into a journey of a shared secret amongst a family-- a secret where many possess a uneven fragment, but no one can can grasp the whole.

Isn't it secrets and misguided cover-ups that bring most families to the brink of implosion, wreaking intergenerational havoc and unrepentant angst? That has certainly been true in most of the black families I've witnessed-- and, it's been a truth in my own.

Mr. Brown-- who also wrote the screenplay for 'Kissed by the Devil' -- crafts a story around the above premise, allowing it to unfold within a unique set of psychological and emotional boundaries. Oakland Davenport-Hill, played with understatement and texture by Khadijah Karriem, leaves one wanting more. In an especially powerful scene, she nearly coll apes under the weight of the secret, her concern for her ailing brother and the life path she has chosen.

What is most compelling about the film is Brown's commitment to eschew sentimentality. In a genre where filmmakers are tempted to quickly descend into cliché or persistent time worn stereotypes, "Kissed by the Devil' is warm and welcome in its artistic embrace. Kudos to Mr. Brown and his crew for this achievement.


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