A well crafted portrait of black life in 1980s Philadelphia, 1982 illustrates the loving and complex father daughter relationship between working class Timothy and his young girl, Maya. Struggling to bring her up in the midst of his wife, Shenae’s growing drug habit, Timothy is hopeful that things will get better. Things take a turn for the worse, with the appearance of a drug dealer from Shenae’s past. The rift between Shenae and Timothy widens and Shenae eventually disappears, leaving Maya and Timothy on their own.
The film’s trump card is its incredibly talented cast, including Hill Harper (CSI:NY). Wayne Brady (Whose Line Is It Anyway), gets a chance to display his versatility as a hardened drug dealer and newcomer Troi Zee stuns in her role as the precocious Maya. 1982 is a moving story that highlights the heavy human toll of addiction.
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Director: Tommy Oliver
Screenwriter: Tommy Oliver
Cast: Hill Harper, Sharon Leal, Troi Zee, Bokeem Woodbine, Lala Anthony, Quinton Aaron, Wayne Brady, Ruby Dee