After taunting fans with teasers of her upcoming short film Trip, Jhene Aiko finally liberated the 23-minute film on Wednesday (Sept. 20) ahead of her long-awaited album Trip.
In the emotional short film, written by the singer and Girl’s Trip writer, Tracy Oliver, Jhene stars as Penny, a poet who heads to a quiet, secluded area by a beach to write. There, she meets a stranger named Dante, who persuades the poet to take a trip with him. Although she’s still mourning the loss of her brother, she agrees to join the stranger on his journey and their romance quickly blossoms.
Throughout their journey, Penny continues to struggle with her brother’s death saying, “I am looking for a brother’s love in every single man but you’ll never see me like my brother did, you’ll never need me like my brother did. There’s a black hole in my soul. It’s beginning to show through my dilated pupils behind lids half-closed. I thought that I would be fine by now, but suffering doesn’t die, it grows.”
She briefly turns to drugs to help her cope and pushes away Dante in the process. As she makes her way back home, Penny’s brother is waiting in her bedroom and encourages his sister to let him go in order for her to truly heal.
Watch Penny’s emotional journey below.