Oct 13

Glitter Ain't Gold: Film Screening


October 13, 2023

06:00 pm


The film Glitter Ain’t Gold is structured around a teenage boy, Jibril, and his quest for a fake gold chain, the stakes feel small. Instead, direct-to-camera interstitials, portraiture, and spoken-word montages break up the narrative throughout and confess the overriding motivation for Jones, as they are employed to emphasize the tertiary characters and environment of the community. From the kids at the playground to the hustlers on the corner, Jones wants to create a panoramic view of the East Atlanta neighborhood of his youth that is at once clear-eyed, but also stripped of the pathologizing that too-frequently accompanies storytelling around African-American communities.