Brown Girl Begins (2017)

It's 2049 on a forsaken island off the coast of Toronto where the survival of the islanders depends on young Ti-Jeanne to risk death by a spirit so she can take her place as a caribbean priestess and save her people.



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Credited cast:
... Ti-Jeanne
Nigel Shawn Williams ... Papa Legba / Jab-Jab / Brukfoot Sam
Shakura S'Aida ... Mami
... Tony
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Young Ti-Jeanne
... Mami Follower
Hannah Chantée ... Gracie
... Paula
... Crack
Joey DeCarle ... Mami Follower
... Melba
Leon Elkaim ... Mami Follower
Dorett Emanuel ... Mami Follower
Charles Fowler ... Mami Follower


A post-apocalyptic tale about a young black woman who is trapped in a world forced upon her. Ti-Jeanne, a reluctant priestess, must resurrect Caribbean spirits and survive the possession ritual that killed her mother or her people will die. The fantasy elements of Brown Girl Begins have their basis in Caribbean folklore, inspired by Nalo Hopkinson's award winning novel, Brown Girl in the Ring. It's 2049 and Toronto the Good has been taken over by the wealthy, who have built a wall around the city and expelled the poor to an island off the coast, known as The Burn. The segregated Burn dwellers have been forced to scrape out a living by bartering, recycling, and farming. Mami is the unspoken leader of the Burn, sharing her Caribbean herb lore and leading her followers in an ancient spiritual practice. Ti-Jeanne turns 19 and the time has come for her to succeed her grandmother and become a Priestess. When Mami tries to prepare her to take part in the same possession ceremony that killed ...

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Fantasy | Sci-Fi



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23 September 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brown Girl in the Ring: The Prequel  »

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Based on Nalo Hopkinson's novel "Brown Girl in the Ring" (1998). See more »

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