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  • Summary: Restless City tells the story of an Africa immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is his passion, life is a hustle, and falling in love is his greatest risk. (African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement)


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  1. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    Apr 21, 2012
    In this intense twist on the American Dream, director Andrew Dosunmu vividly captures the pulsating dynamic of New York city's pan-African community, a robust aggregation that subsists amid an often hostile foreign environment.
  2. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Aug 16, 2012
    With Dosunmu, African culture thrives in a demographically shifting but historically African-American part of town. If the idea is that Nollywood could work in Manhattan, this is the director who can show us how.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Apr 21, 2012
    Picture's visual elegance makes a limited arthouse life possible, although Nigerian-born fashion photog-turned-helmer Andrew Dosunmu is far more interested in aesthetics than narrative in erecting his visually poetic "City."
  4. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Apr 24, 2012
    Told in an elliptical style with a pacing and jagged rhythms that take some getting used to, the thrust and power of the film lies in its poetic imagery.
  5. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    May 1, 2012
    The script simply isn't in the same league as the images that Andrew Dosunmu and the gifted cinematographer Bradford Young have fashioned.
  6. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Apr 27, 2012
    Mr. Dosunmu seems to have directed all his actors to pause before delivering lines, giving a languor to the film that comes to feel studied.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Apr 26, 2012
    In its portrait of a Restless City the film is strangely inert and feels like the work of image-makers, not storytellers.
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