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QFILMS 2014: ‘Blackbird’ Brings Mo’Nique Back to Big Screen to Tackle Sexuality and Religion

The Long Beach premiere of Blackbird at next weekend’s QFilms brings what is arguably the film with the most star power on the roster in the festival, with Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington headlining the film. But far more important than the stars is the film’s tackling of two contentious subjects—sexuality and Baptist Christianity—and its tale of identity and family. Throw in child abduction, teen sex, underage pregnancy, parental splits, and Southern woes’n’laughs and you’ll have a glimpse of the complexity of the story director Patrik-Ian Polk is trying to tell.