Rain

When everything she knew was gone, Rain searched for the only family she had left.

Director Maria Govan’s powerful debut, one of the first films indigenously produced in the Bahamas, shows a darker side of the country that tourists rarely see.

A teenager named Rain has lived her entire life with her grandmother on a tiny rural island in the Bahamas. When her grandmother dies, Rain goes to Nassau to find her mother, Glory, whom she has never met. When she arrives, Rain is devastated to discover that Glory lives in a desperately poor, AIDS-ravaged neighbourhood called “The Graveyard” and that she turns tricks to support her drug habit. With no strong maternal role model in her life, Rain must look within for strength and discovers she has a gift for running. Rain receives guidance from her school’s track coach, Ms. Adams, but Rain’s living situation threatens to spoil her dream.

Rain displays a striking visual sense that reflects the contrast between the idyllic setting and the harsh realities of Bahamian life. Luxury resorts hover over the blighted neighbourhood, tantalizing the residents with a lifestyle they cannot hope to achieve.