EMMA MAE, Jamaa Fanaka’s (PENITENTIARY) second feature, tells the story of a naive young woman who moves from the Deep South to Watts. Initially finding herself at odds with her surroundings, Emma eventually gains acceptance from a local drug addict and dealer. But when he's arrested and jailed, she plans a daring bank robbery to bail him out. Featuring a cast of mostly non-professionals and shot entirely on location in Watts, this uniquely subversive action film is an insider's view of Black neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
Restoration courtesy of Vinegar Syndrome and the American Genre Film Archive.