RESTLESS CITY struggles to reconcile the sky-high promises of the American Dream with the gritty reality of life in New York. Walking a fine line between the city’s sensuous illusions and its grim truths, it is an immigrant’s love letter to Harlem: its bustling streets, its inherent danger and its potent sexuality. Dosunmu’s feature-length debut combines stylised cinematography with a phenomenal soundtrack to produce something quite remarkable.
Djibril is a young Senegalese immigrant trying to make a life for himself. He is endearingly optimistic and ambitious about kicking off his recording career, convinced that one day his break will come. In the meantime, he dabbles in small jobs, selling CDs on the street and acting as a courier on his moped. But when a meeting with beautiful, vulnerable Trini in pimp Bekay’s apartment changes his life forever, Djibril puts himself at risk to help her escape.
Cast: Sy Alassane, Tony Okungbowa, Sky Nicole Grey, Babs Olusanmonkun, Danai Gurira
Screenplay: Eugene Gussenhoven
Director of Photography: Bradford Young
Film Editor: Oriana Soddu
Production Designer: Chad Keith
Costume Design: Mobolaji Dawodu
Sound: Wil Masisak
Producer: Katie Mustard
Co-Producer: Matthew Parker
Production Company: Clam Productions
Director: Andrew Dosunmu