A new feature film from Kelly Daniela Norris & Travis Pittman
Iddrisu, an ambitious medical student from northern Ghana, returns to his home village after the unexpected death of his father, There, he discovers a debt his father incurred to support his own education, and must delay his university study to work toward a successful harvest of the family’s millet crop. Now head of household, Iddrisu struggles to abate tensions between his father’s two wives, to appease his as-bright younger sister whose own education was subordinated for his, and to deal with the consequences when his brother’s illicit relationship with a young cousin turns tragic. But as the rainy season arrives and transforms the landscape, a sense of the simplicity and profundity of village life grows in Iddrisu, and a romance with the chief’s daughter forces him to reassess his own prejudices. At his father’s funeral – held, as custom, a year after his death – Iddrisu must choose between two very different futures.
A story of vast societal change told on an intimate scale, NAKOM sets out to capture life in the village of the same name; a village of subsistence farmers whose lifestyle is rapidly giving way to forces of development and globalization. A champion of that changing Africa, Iddrisu comes to understand both the beauty and tragedy of life in Nakom; and his struggle to reconcile these two worlds reflects and illuminates the crisis of a new generation across the African continent, and the entire developing world.
Rasquaché Film Productions strives to create socially and personally relevant films, and is practiced in executing ambitious projects with minimal resources. The company's previous feature, SOMBRAS DE AZUL (SHADES OF BLUE) stands among the first films helmed by an American director on-location in Cuba since the 1962 embargo and will premiere Fall 2013.