The Spirit God Gave Us (2022) – Review/ Summary (with Spoilers)

While the church is one way to meet people, what about meeting other men when you’re not sure of yourself?

Director(s) Michael Donte
Screenplay By Michael Donte
Based On N/A
Date Released (Film Festival – NewFest) 10/13/2022
Genre(s) Romance, Young Adult, LGBT+
Duration 19 Minutes
Content Rating Not Rated
Noted Cast
Shamont Elijah Boothe
Malcolm Nic Ashe

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Film Summary

Recently, Shamont joined Malcolm’s family’s church, and while Malcolm originally thought they could just be good friends, there is a shift as he gets closer to Shamont and even sees him in his dreams.

Things To Note

Why Is “The Spirit God Gave Us” Rated Not Rated

  • Dialog: Nothing Worth Noting
  • Violence: Nothing Worth Noting
  • Sexual Content: Nothing Worth Noting
  • Miscellaneous: Nothing Worth Noting

Character Descriptions

Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.


Shamont (Elijah Boothe) giving Malcolm a psychic reading
“Shamont (Elijah Boothe) giving Malcolm a psychic reading,” The Spirit God Gave Us, directed by NAME, 2022, (NewFest)

Fresh from New York and now living with his mother, Shamont joins the church since he was raised in the church. But, despite a religious upbringing, he embraces being a psychic of sorts.

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Malcolm (Nic Ashe) lost in thought
“Malcolm (Nic Ashe) lost in thought,” The Spirit God Gave Us, directed by NAME, 2022, (NewFest)

Malcolm is the pastor’s son who finds himself hanging out with Shamont by the river when they aren’t at church together.

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Our Rating: Mixed (Divisive)

On The Fence

It Doesn’t Explore The Expected

“The Spirit God Gave Us” begins and ends with Malcolm trying to navigate his feelings. It doesn’t try to address why his feelings are complicated or what his father, the pastor, may think, so while we’re given all the signs he is anxious, it isn’t clear what is making him so fearful.

Granted, who knows if Malcolm’s dad, or the church community, would accept him, but that is something left for the audience to question and potentially assume. And beyond that, it isn’t like Shamont comes out. Yes, if you go by stereotypes, you can take note of his voice and wonder, but that in itself is a problematic plot for another movie or short.

But, as for “The Spirit God Gave Us,” while you have to appreciate Malcolm’s anxiety, unfortunately, even with nearly twenty minutes to explore Malcolm’s feelings, we get more style than substance.

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Title Card for the short The Spirit God Gave Us
The Spirit God Gave Us (2022) – Review/ Summary (with Spoilers)
"The Spirit God Gave Us" steps around potential conflicts it can explore and ultimately gives us something which can be seen as rather bland.
It Doesn't Explore The Expected

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