A young musician seeks to hold a festival to liberate the oppressed people of Guava Island, even if only for a day.


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Donald Glover (story by), Stephen Glover (story by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Glover ... Deni Maroon
Rihanna ... Kofi Novia
Letitia Wright ... Yara Love
Nonso Anozie ... Red Cargo
Alan Jael Velázquez Abreu Alan Jael Velázquez Abreu ... Kito
Renny Arozarena Renny Arozarena ... Butcher
Betiza Bismark Calderón Betiza Bismark Calderón ... Emani Dune
Michael Ricardo Crespo Cardenas Michael Ricardo Crespo Cardenas ... Deni's Assassin
Barbara Janet Martinez Barbara Janet Martinez ... Shopkeeper Woman
Ayensi Amilgar Jardines Delgado Ayensi Amilgar Jardines Delgado ... Dodo
Pedro Julio Diaz Pedro Julio Diaz ... Deni's Neighbor
Pedro Julio Díaz Ferran Pedro Julio Díaz Ferran ... Deni's Neighbor
Adrián Cisneros Flores Adrián Cisneros Flores ... Fish Seller
Talia Gómez Talia Gómez ... Red's Secretary
Victor Manuel Correa Magueira Victor Manuel Correa Magueira ... Red's Chauffeur


Small time musician Deni Maroon and his loving girlfriend, Kofi Novia, live on a beautiful but impoverished small tropical island called Guava Island that's controlled by a brutal paramilitary group, Red Cargo. The island's main resource is a beautiful, expensive, blue silk produced by a silkworm unique to the island, but the island's textile industry and export is controlled by the paramilitary group and the islanders are forced to work for them every day of the week - the women at the textile factory, and the men at the shipping docks. One day, Deni, who works part time at the docks and part time as the local radio station's house musician whose passionate music is extremely popular among the islanders, decides to hold a secret concert in the evening to make everyone happy, if only for a day. However, the leader of Red Cargo, who also controls the textile industry and export, warns Deni not to do it or the islanders will be too tired to come to work the day after the concert and he ...

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Premiered after Childish Gambino's April 12th, 2019 Coachella set on Amazon Prime See more »


During the "This is America" scene, Deni Maroon is seen with a coworker at the docks. When the coworker gets on the payphone, there are no dancers in the background. Then they appear, disappear, and reappear again behind Deni. See more »


Deni Maroon: America is a concept. Anywhere in order to get rich you have to make someone else richer, is America.
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References Dancer in the Dark (2000) See more »


Written by Donald Glover and Ludwig Göransson
Produced by Donald Glover and Ludwig Göransson
Performed by Karla Talía Pino Piloto and Alain Rodriguez (as Alain Jonathan Amat Rodriguez)
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it's good but...
13 April 2019 | by austinacl02See all my reviews

So I'm a huge Gambino fan to the point where if anything Gambino related comes out, I'll automatically try to find all the good in it instead of the bad. Often times, I let my fandom get in the way of quality, but Glover is a man of quality. When I heard this project was going to happen, I had high hopes for it. All I knew is Hiro Murai was going to direct it which was a great sign, Glover would be in it, and he's bringing Rihanna along for the ride, how can he mess this up. And while it is his project, it's written by his brother. I liked this film, but I'm not letting my fandom get in the way of how I genuinely see this film as a film. It was structurally broken at points and I feel as if it used the excuse of being short to get away with less story telling. But the animated story at the beginning didn't do much for me and felt very cliche. The film only strived with the way it was shot and the music scenes, however since his music plays at points out of nowhere, it takes away from the movie and seems like either filler or just Donald giving us what he has already given us and that's a bit disappointing to me. Nothing in this film was new music wise and it feels like wasted potential to do something big. But again, I am a fan, and I overall enjoyed it, it does however have many flaws that hold it down from being way better. So would I recommend it? That depends, if you're a Glover/Gambino fan then go check it out, but if you don't like him, or are not a fan of his, you might want to steer clear from this one. 3/5

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Release Date:

13 April 2019 (USA) See more »

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Guava Island See more »

Filming Locations:

Havana, Cuba

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1.33 : 1
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