Higher Love

United States
2019 — 78 min / Colour



Daryl Gant is a Camden native, father of eight, and printing press operator. He was raised by a single mother and strives to be a better father than his own, who abandoned him at birth. His girlfriend, Nani, is the love of his life, but struggles to cope with a crippling crack and heroin addiction, and the nefarious lifestyle to support it. More troubling is that Nani is pregnant with their new baby boy, Darnez. It becomes Daryl’s new-found purpose to forge a better future for the both of them. Nani is also a Camden native, whose mother died with a needle in her arm. Now she struggles with the responsibilities of motherhood in the face of her own addiction. Darnez was born healthy, but needs particular care growing up in an environment rife with safety and well-being concerns.

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Director Biography

Entering the film world only four years ago, Hasan Oswald has quickly established a unique ability to capture the human experience through verité cinema. His unfettered access and intimacy with his characters creates a seamless veneer between the filmmaker and subject that is deeply felt and personal. His work caught the eye of award winning filmmakers Nick Quested & Sebastian Junger (Restrepo) and started his career as a cameraman for National Geographic’s film Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS. He has since covered the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, drug trafficking and homelessness in Philadelphia, and the international diaspora of conflict refugees. His current project follows the story of the Yazidi genocide in Northern Iraq.

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Hasan Oswald


Alexander Spiess

Stephen Nemeth

Betsy Stahl

Derek Rubin


Hasan Oswald


Kaitlyn Plum


Tristan Baylis

Screenings & Awards

Slamdance, FF, United States, 2020
Grand Jury Award

Brooklyn, FF, United States, 2020
Spirit Award, Best New Director

Krakow, FF, Poland, 2020

Melbourne, DFF, Australia, 2020

Lighthouse, IFF, United States, 2020

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