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Project of the Day: An American in Africa in 'Mzungu'

By Indiewire | Indiewire September 10, 2012 at 11:24AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.
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Mzungu

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Mzungu"

Tweetable Logline:

Mzungu is a scripted feature film that explores an American traveler’s unexpected nightmare while vacationing in Africa.
 

Elevator Pitch:

Mzungu is a scripted feature film that explores an American traveler’s unexpected nightmare while vacationing in Africa. Inspired by actual events, the story chronicles Jesse Bloom, a charming, young man who wakes up after a night of hard partying and is arrested for a grizzly murder. Suddenly thrust into the underbelly of Kenyan society, he is forced to contend with the kinds of people that would normally go unseen by an outsider (a tourist). The film honestly examines our perceptions of good and evil while delivering an enthralling and taut thriller.
 

Production Team:

Director/Writer: Olu Odebunmi
Executive Producer: Olatunde Osunsanmi
Writer/Producer: Bernard Neto
Producers: Jake Deptula, Wondwossen Dikran
Writer/Co-Producer: Tolu Awosika
 

About the Production:

"I’ve had the unique experience of living as both an American in Africa and as an African in America. As a filmmaker, I want to bring an uncompromising authenticity to this film by shooting on location in Kenya while capturing the exotic locales and gritty streets of Nairobi. Like many developing cities, Nairobi has its share of social issues but one of the most interesting things about Kenya is the people. Nairobi is particularly known for it’s electric nightlife and ingenuity of its citizens that we plan to capture in a unique way for this film." -- Olu Odebunmi

Current Status:

In production.

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