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These figurines represent Pharaoh Taharqa and Queen Amenirdis I.
These figurines represent Pharaoh Taharqa and Queen Amenirdis I.

What’s this project about?

Chosen by God is a documentary that explores the heroic efforts of Taharqa, a black Egyptian pharaoh.  As a Prince led an army that played a key role in saving Jerusalem, during an epic battle against the Assyrians, who sought the destruction of the Hebrew society. If Jerusalem had fallen before the birth of Christ, how might the world be different today? Would we have seen the start of Christianity? These are questions we will never have to answer, because of the valor of a black leader.  

Why is this story important?

To date, there has been a tremendous effort to chronicle the history of African-Americans after the landing of the Mayflower; however, there has been little said about the black leaders and heroes that existed before slavery. Chosen by God is the first of what we hope will be many stories that will highlight the tremendous contributory achievements made by black people before slavery.

 Why Kickstarter?

 We have finished shooting the documentary, but need your help finishing this important project and getting it out into the world. All donations will go to

 - Final post-production and mastering

A Final Note: 

When you have a story that can be backed up by archaeological finds, academic analysis and religious references, one has to wonder why there seems to be a lack of attention given to a leader participating in one of the most crucial battles that ever took place. It is almost as if it has been purposely understated or kept secret. Help us unlock the vault to this information and reveal whatever secrets lie within! 

Risks and challenges

As with any documentary, technical issues with computer equipment and software can be as big of an obstacle as obtaining the rights to critical resources. Fortunately, the documentary has been finished! The biggest challenge now will be editing the film. We want to make sure the story is as compelling to viewers as it is for those of us knowledgeable about this topic. With your help, we can get this done!

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    You will receive an awesome Reel Image flashlight pen!

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    You will receive a box set containing one of a kind statues of Pharaoh Taharqa and Queen Amenirdis. Taharqa was the 6th Pharaoh of the 25th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt, who helped the Hebrews successfully defend Jerusalem against the Assyrians. He ruled from 690-664 B.C. over the largest empire in African antiquity. AMENIRDIS was a high priestess and according to many scholars, the Pharaoh's chief adviser or in many instances acted as a Co-Pharaoh. She Reigned as the high priestess from 714-700 B.C.

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    You will be the first to receive he DVD containing the final version of Chosen by God. You will also be eligible to attend the screening taking place in Los Angeles (Costs for travel and boarding not included).

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