An African woman defies the traditions of her village by learning to read and be educated, only to face a death sentence as a result.
Based on true events, the movie, YEFON, tells the story of a young African girl’s pursuit of education, and how she stands against a male government that crosses the line to protect their ancient traditions and political interests. It is a story that shows that one little person can be the beginning of not only a change, but a revolution.
YEFON is the perfect mix of a strong story, controversial issues, and a powerful message.
Education for women is a problem that has plagued women in some rural parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East for decades. These women face the challenge of being refused an education on the basis of being women. YEFON THE MOVIE will tell their story.
You are becoming part of a big change, not only artistically but socially; a project that WILL leave a hard print in the history of African cinema and trigger awareness on this problem. Thank you.
With your pledge, we welcome you into the family in grand style. We have a variety of rewards straight from the motherland, to thank you for your kind support. Your choice of African couture, gourmet dishes, masks, jewelry, art, language, music and even a chance to meet some of your favorite actors in person, or on location. Pledge Today for these exclusive rewards!
The film follows the style of award winning African cinema such as ‘’ Hotel Rwanda’’, ‘’Beat the Drum’’, and ‘’Sarafina’’. Our goal is to depict the African culture through the use of a variation of color and excruciating detail, as was done beautifully in movies like ‘’Slumdog Millionaire.”There is definitely the use of a lot of African fabric. We intend to bring you a very powerful and visually compelling film.
Through persistence and hard work, we have to been able to assemble an award winning array of talent to the YEFON project. These amazing people believe in the need for this story to be told and the importance of telling the African story in such a beautiful way, so as to glorify the African.
We want to show the people in Hollywood and the world that you don´t need deep pocket but big hearts to make a meaningful and successful project. To help us make history we need to raise the money for the full production of the movie and make your name shine through the pages of history.
"No girl was allowed to go to school in this village because they always say girls are nothing, they can't do anything"
The story of Yefon is not particularly any one’s life, the story seeks inspiration from the true life story of millions of women around the world including, but not limited to : The Stoning of Amina Lawal, (Nigeria), Tererai Trent’s strive for education (Zimbabwe), the inspiring story of Wangari Maathai (Kenya 1940- 2011), Freidoune Sahebjam’s 1900 book ‘‘La Femme Lapidee’’ and its movie version ‘’The Stoning of Soroya M’’, Princess Sultana ( Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia , ) the words of Ali Ghadur (Kirkuk, 2008), the story of Huda Ahmed ( Iraq, 2008), Reports on African women's’ battle for equality by Gumisai Mutume, the story of Irene Godonou in Cotonou, Benin, the voices given to women's’ grievances by Catherine Beecher (1800- 1878), Sarah J Hale (1788- 1879) in the USA, the story of Judith Sargent Murray ( Boston, USA).
YEFON tells the story of a young African woman whose sole dream is to become a teacher and be educated. Unfortunately, she is born in a society where EDUCATED women are believed to be bad wives and mothers.
With the help of an African American volunteer, Nancy Parkman, and Kome, her secret love, she learns how to read and write.
When the villagers find out, things spin out of control putting Yefon´s life in danger. Will she survive?
The Documentary will follow the lives of three women from different socio- economic backgrounds, and their attitude towards education.
- One of the subjects will be a woman who wants to go to school, but CANNOT, because of tradition, religion or poverty.
- The second girl will be one who CAN go to school but refuses to so for personal reasons.
- The last woman is one who can go to school, will go to school and goes to school. DOES she have the same opportunities as a man?
The Documentary follows in the style of'' Day in the Life''. Team Yefon intends to create a massive compilation of footage shot by our team, interviews, footage and uploaded videos from followers in order to create a loud voice for women’s education. This will be submitted to festivals.
YEFON The Movie will be telling this beautiful story with a choice of exotic locations that represent both the culture and history of Nso people; the tribe where the character Yefon comes from.
We are raising these funds to make a film in Cameroon, Africa, a virgin country for film, where this will be the first major production, a film they can proudly showcase around the world. Due to this, resources are limited and we need to bring help from all over the globe to make this movie possible, and we need help of people like you to make history.
Thank you for taking the time to check our Kickstarter page. We hope that you may come back soon! Please don’t forget to share our page with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and all the social sites.
Cheers! TEAM YEFON.
No, not yet... We did shoot a sizzle reel which is included in the video above. But we are raising money to go to Africa to shoot the film.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on September 21, 2012.
Aug 7, 2012 - Sep 21, 2012 (45 days)
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YEFONITE: Your Picture included in the Backer's Collage Poster + Your Name on the Official Yefon Website + Exclusive Digital Downloads + Backers only updatesEstimated delivery: Jan 2013
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One-Of-A-Kind POSTCARD. Photographed on the set with a custom message from us to you, mailed directly to your door. Brought to you by Postcard On The Run + All of the above.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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YEFON The Novel (e-book) + Digital Soundtrack + All of the above.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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1 Ticket to the Red Carpet MOVIE SCREENING IN CAMEROON (Africa) + All of the above. (travel not included).Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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Digital Download of YEFON THE MOVIE (when commercially available) + All of the above.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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Digital Download of YEFON THE MOVIE & THE DOCUMENTARY (when commercially available) + All of the above.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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Special Edition 2 DISC DVD including YEFON THE MOVIE & THE DOCUMENTARY (when commercially available) + "Behind the scenes e-book" + All of the above. - Add $10 for shipping outside the USAEstimated delivery: Dec 2013
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Special Edition 2 DISC BLU-RAY including YEFON THE MOVIE & THE DOCUMENTARY (when commercially available) + "Behind the scenes e-book" + All of the above. (does not include DVDs) - Add $10 for shipping outside the USAEstimated delivery: Dec 2013
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EXCLUSIVE Hand-made AFRICAN NECKLACE + All of the above. ***This reward is not included with any of the rewards below*** - Add $10 for shipping outside the USAEstimated delivery: Nov 2013
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SIGNED - Special edition 2 DISC DVD (when commercially available) + SIGNED MOVIE POSTER + All of the Above. (Add $10 for SIGNED 2 DISC Blu-Ray). - Add $10 for shipping outside the USA *Does not include additional DVD's or Blu-Rays from rewards above.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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Custom sized hand-made AFRICAN HEADWRAP for women, or AFRICAN HAT "country cap/ rham'' for men. + All of the above. - Add $10 for shipping outside the USAEstimated delivery: Nov 2013
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INVITATION to an Authentic CAMEROONIAN (AFRICAN) DINNER with members of the Cast & Crew in Los Angeles, CA. (travel not included). + All of the above.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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1 TICKET to walk the RED CARPET at the PREMIERE of YEFON The Movie in Los Angeles, CA. (travel not included) + All of the Above.Estimated delivery: Nov 2013
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2 TICKETS to walk the RED CARPET at the PREMIERE of YEFON the Movie in Los Angeles, CA (travel not included) + All of the Above.Estimated delivery: Nov 2013
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AUTOGRAPHED SCRIPT + All of the Above.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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Surprise PROP FROM THE SET + All of the Above... ***This reward is not included with any of the rewards below***Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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Classic AFRICAN MASK from Nso, Cameroon. + All of the Above.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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One of a Kind - Designer AFRICAN DRESS or MEN's SUIT - Fitted to your size & preferences. + All of the above.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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2 Hour AFRICAN ACCENT CLASS w/Sahndra + An outfit worn on the set of YEFON w/Certificate of Authenticity. (In person in Los Angeles, CA. or live on Skype). + All of the above.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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SIGNED - 6 FT BACKERS COLLAGE POSTER with your picture included it, Suitable for framing. + All of the above.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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YOUR OWN PRIVATE PRE-SCREENING WITH CAST & CREW MEMBERS + 1-on-1 Q&A in Los Angeles. Including but not limited to Sahndra Fon Dufe, Kevin Natera, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Said Faraj and Jon Gottem. (travel not included). INVITE up to 10 FRIENDS to see the film BEFORE THE PREMIER + All of the above. ***This reward is not included with any of the rewards below***Estimated delivery: Nov 2013
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CO-PRODUCER Credit on IMDB, the opening credits, and closing credits of YEFON The Movie. + A YEFON DIRECTORS CHAIR with your name and title on it + 3 DAY INVITATION TO THE SET - lodging included (travel not included) + All of the above.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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SILENT BENEFACTOR: For those who do not wish to seek a reward for your pledge, we humbly thank you for your contribution and look forward to the opportunity of thanking you in person with big hugs and a world changing film.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013