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'Guava Island' explained: Understanding Donald Glover and Rihanna's surprise film

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In this Sept. 16, 2018 file photo, Donald Glover, creator and star of the FX series "Atlanta," and a musician who performs under the name Childish Gambino, poses at a private cocktail party to celebrate the FX network's Emmy nominations in Los Angeles.
In this Sept. 16, 2018 file photo, Donald Glover, creator and star of the FX series "Atlanta," and a musician who performs under the name Childish Gambino, poses at a private cocktail party to celebrate the FX network's Emmy nominations in Los Angeles.

Donald Glover continues to grow and impress as an artist, adding the short film “Guava Island” to his already impressive resume of Grammy-winning music as Childish Gambinoand his Emmy-winning show “Atlanta.”

The 55-minute movie seemingly came out of nowhere. In early April, Spotify began running ads for “Guava Island” and created a hidden playlist inspired by the film. Amazon Prime Video released a short teaser last week showing Glover and Rihannadancing in radiant beach outfits to drum beats. Then, Glover exclusively showed the film to Coachella-goers on Saturday as a part of his headlining set. For 18 hours, anyone could watch the movie for free on Amazon Prime Video, but now only subscribers can view it.

Somewhere between an extended TV episode and a feature-length film, “Guava Island” tackles a lot of themes in its tight runtime. With FX’s “Atlanta” on hiatus, the movie could be the key to Glover and his team picking up another Emmy or two this year.

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