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Project of the Day: ‘Nakom’

Project of the Day: 'Nakom'

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Tweetable Logline: Obligation and ambition clash in modern Africa when a Ghanaian student’s vision of his future takes a sudden turn after his father’s death.

Elevator Pitch: A funny, honest, and starkly different narrative from Africa, NAKOM follows Iddrisu, a talented medical student who returns to his home village to bury his father. To repay a family debt, and for their basic survival, Iddrisu delays his study to turn the household fortunes around. He confronts tension between his father’s two wives, the forces of nature and climate threatening the family crop, and the tragic consequences of his brother’s illicit affair. In the end, Iddrisu faces a stark choice: leave and pursue his image of a modern future, or embrace tradition for the sake of his community.

Production Team:

Directors: Kelly Daniela Norris, Travis Pittman
Writers: Isaac Awinimi, Travis Pittman
Director of Photography: Bob Geile
Editor: Tomas Vengris
Producers: Isaac Awinimi, Alicia Sully 
Executive Producer: Seemant Menon

Prior Credits: Sombras de Azul (2013) – Writer/Director: Kelly Daniela Norris, Producer/Editor: Travis Pittman, Director of Photography: Bob Geile, Executive Producer: Seemant Menon

About the Production: Penned by Isaac Awinimi (a native of the titular village in northern Ghana) and Travis Pittman (who served there for two years with the Peace Corps), NAKOM aims to challenge and broaden Western notions of what it means to be African. This is NOT a story that reduces life to violence, starvation, or turmoil. Instead, we see family dynamics play out, sometimes serious, sometimes playful. We see the contrasts between village-life tradition and city-life ambition. We see gender politics, tired hierarchies, dorm room romance, and so much more that reveals the universal: the common bond of our yearning for more.

Current Status: Post-production. Stellar footage in the can after 4-month shoot in village with NO electricity. Need editing help, color correction, sound design, score, publicity, and more!

For more information and to support this project: Kickstarter Page

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