Imperial Dreams

Imperial Dreams

Imperial Dreams

John Boyega (The Force Awakens) is a 21-year-old reformed gangster returning to his old stomping grounds in Watts, LA, in co-writer director Malik Vitthal's debut.

Bambi (Boyega) wants to publish his credos and chronicles and start his career the way any other normal young writer would. For Bambi, however, normal is the quandary. "Normal" means returning to Watts, Los Angeles, after a 28-month jail stint to find his young son playing next to his strung-out grandmother. It’s normal for the patriarch of his family to offer Bambi pills, guns, and a drug-running job as a way to welcome him home. A normal visit from his cousin involves Bambi and son performing minor surgery to extract a bullet from his arm. Bambi meets this surreal, ghetto normal with equanimity, but he knows life can’t be "normal" like this for long.

Winner of the Best of Next! Audience Award, 2014 Sundance Film Festival
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Variety

Variety

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Bighearted yet surprisingly nuanced...

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

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Malik Vitthal's first feature gives rich dramatic life to a piercingly analytical view of the American way of incarceration.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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Imperial Dreams - for all it's good intentions - makes watching its reality a grind. Vitthal's film is full of heart, but overly ambitious.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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An assured debut that stands to connect with a diverse audience.

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Variety

Variety

press

Bighearted yet surprisingly nuanced...

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

Malik Vitthal's first feature gives rich dramatic life to a piercingly analytical view of the American way of incarceration.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Imperial Dreams - for all it's good intentions - makes watching its reality a grind. Vitthal's film is full of heart, but overly ambitious.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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An assured debut that stands to connect with a diverse audience.

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