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Friday, August 31, 2012

Time To Put Your Money Where Your Mouth (And Consciousness) Is! Pledge Your Support For the Yefon The Movie Kickstarter Campaign!

Now this is a Kickstarter campaign that I would implore our listenership (and readership) to get behind and support. We just received notice of an excellent film currently in development that is the brainchild of the young, beauteous actress/filmmaker, Sahndra Fon Dufe. According to this email correspondence, I was immediately intrigued:

A young African woman with dreams of becoming a teacher takes reading and writing lessons from a visiting American. But when the male village elders find out, she is sentenced to death for breaking from tradition.

“Yefon” is a film that continues in the proud tradition of socially conscious, Africa-based cinema like “Hotel Rwanda,” “Beat the Drum” and “Sarafina”—but unlike those movies, its producers will come from the ranks of generous Kickstarter supporters:

Yefon the Movie-Kickstarter campaign

It has already attracted the attention of Hollywood stars like Jimmy Jean-Louise (“Tears of the Sun” “Heroes”), Adriana Barraza (Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee, “Babel”) and Hakeem Kae-Kazim (“Hotel Rwanda”). The film is being co-produced by Justin Massion, the director of the Kickstarter campaign for “Space Command,” which brought in $75,000 in just three days, and ended with over $200,000.

“Yefon” is the brainchild of 22-year-old actress and filmmaker Sahndra Fon Dufe, who got her inspiration from too many similar, true stories from Africa. Broken-hearted by this sad reality, she and the production team have pledged to use a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the film, a companion documentary, books and related merchandise to build an all-girls school in Nso, the Cameroon village where “Yefon” is set.

The campaign goal has been set for a $50,000 goal, with approx. 20 days remaining. Let's try our best to see this young woman reach her goal and conversely, the folks at Afronerd Radio will try our best to have her as a guest so that we can get even more insight into the making of this cinematic piece.

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