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When Morning Comes

Director Kelly Fyffe-Marshall
Year 2022
Run Time 87min
Genre Drama
The highly anticipated feature debut from award-winning filmmaker Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, When Morning Comes follows Jamal, a young Jamaican boy, as he says goodbye to his friends and family and prepares to leave his home behind. Though the decision of Jamal’s newly-widowed mother to send him to live with his grandmother in Canada comes out of concern for her son’s safety and his future after he gets in trouble at school, the prospect unsettles Jamal and exacerbates the friction in their relationship. 

With a languid, poetic visual style and psychologically complex depiction of relationships, When Morning Comes is a love letter to the strength and sacrifice of immigrant mothers.

(Note: not available for screenings in Canada on CanFilmDay 2023)


Kelly Fyffe-Marshall

Kelly Fyffe-Marshall is a Canadian director, screenwriter, and social activist best known for her two-part short film Black Bodies, which won the Changemaker Award at TIFF 2020 and the Canadian Screen Award for Best Live Action Short Drama. Her other directing credits include the short films Reason Enough, Haven, Black White Blue, and Trap City. Her first feature film, When Morning Comes, premiered in the Discovery program at TIFF 2022 to critical acclaim.


Kelly Fyffe-Marshall


Shaquana Wilson, Djamari Roberts


Tamar Bird, Iva Golubovic, Sasha Leigh Henry




BIPOC Stories, Black Filmmaker, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Newcomer Stories

Original Language


Canadian Distributor

Talawa Studios