Hello, I am Mai-Kim T. Dang. “New Flower” is an autobiographical romance between me and Ethiopia, rendered in beautiful black and white. I return to Ethiopia to revisit the people and places I knew. I’m an African-American of Vietnamese heritage who worked as a Fulbright researcher there in 2011. From there I split my time between the U.S. and Ethiopia for several years, giving birth to a daughter who is part Ethiopian. My character in the film is drawn from my own memories of initial enchantment, gradual disillusionment, struggle and survival. Rather than dismiss my American perspective, we are dramatizing how it became subsumed by the reality of daily life in the country. Reality has become a cheapened, dirty word in our culture; in “New Flower” we will show its power to awaken compassion, connection and spirit.
Our fundraising goal is $7,000, which will go to equipment rental, transportation, casting in various towns and villages, props, meals and contingency expenses during our month in Ethiopia.
In gratitude for your support we offer a range of gifts, including Blu-ray copies of the finished film, original photographs and artwork by our brilliant artist-collaborators, screen credit and free services like video production and portrait studio time.
We are committed to the idea that it does not take millions of dollars to make something beautiful, true and lasting. Filmmaking technology is now inexpensive and ubiquitous. Low budgets no longer mean cheap looks, not with resourceful talent and keen eyes behind the camera.
We will be challenged by the locations, the weather and a limited window of time, which makes your contribution that much more crucial.
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