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Trinity Goodheart is set in modern day Boston. This film tells the story of Trinity Goodheart a biracial child whose birth sparked the disintegration of her entire family. She soon sets out on a journey to bring her black and white family members kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “It takes a community to raise a child?” Well, this phrase is especially true when raising a multiracial child.
Trinity (played by Erica Gluck) is a precocious, young Bostonian preteen. Her father or “Jeremy” as she calls him is played by Eric Benet.
Trinity and Jeremy live in a small apartment above a neighborhood convenience store. Jeremy is a struggling, free-spirited musician who dislikes the societal constraints of a stable job, formal child rearing and family.
Although mature for her age, Trinity is still a child. She still believes in angels and she still holds to the hope that her family will be reunited someday. Soon after an angelic encounter, Trinity is put on a path to solve the mystery of her mothers disappearance and to also reunite the two feuding sides of her family.
Trinity’s soon uncovers the reason for her mothers departure. Her mother, Kim Hawthorne (played by Kellin Watson), is a very talented Jazz singer but is torn between her love for her “baby-daddy” and best friend Jeremy(African American) and her traditional white family.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that Kim’s father is a racist- he is not. Interracial unions are discouraged in many cultures due in large part to cultural preservation. He is a father that enjoyed his daughter being friends with the free spirited, unemployed, scraggly Jeremy but when he found she was pregnant he would not accept Kim or baby Trinity. Kim,unable to stand the pressure, abandoned the baby and Jeremy seemingly vanishing into thin air.
So, Trinity has no concept of family outside of Jeremy. It appears that Trinity is not just looking for family but she is at the age where she is trying to define herself so her visit from an angel, whom she believes was sent by her mother to reunite her family, is a godsend and may signal her mother’s return.
This angel leaves Trinity with a broken pendant in the shape of a heart. Trinity soon learns that the inscription on the pendant reads, Every broken heart longs to be whole again, so she concludes that reuniting that pendent will lead to her family being reunited.
Trinity’s original plans to reunite her family is foiled; upon arriving in the same room the feuding family begins arguing and fighting about the same issues that broke up the family just 12 years prior. Being her mother’s daughter, Trinity also runs away, she now sets out alone to find her mother.
Benet’s performance is heartfelt and is commendable; however, I have always felt that Benet’s eyes tell of tragedy and pain that are channeled into any part he plays. He just always seems very sad; after his music and performances, I am always left feeling his pain and suffering.
I would not expect this film to receive much hype due to the Christian undertones and the “unicorn like” idea of a African American father actually taking care of his child- with no prior criminal background. A movie of this caliber would be a great feature film on a major network to show the world that- yet again, not all blacks are on welfare and populate the prisons. This film goes against the grain, in that it shows; not so much the interracial relationship but the byproduct of such a union-the child. All children need love, structure and security and this film stresses that.
Running time: 84 Minutes
Distributor: GMC Network (Gospel Music Channel)
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