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A refugee emigrating from Kenya is forced to leave her infant daughter behind. Four years later a social worker tries to reunite them. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on May 25, 2014.

A refugee emigrating from Kenya is forced to leave her infant daughter behind. Four years later a social worker tries to reunite them.

About this project

*Trailer translations are rough until we can afford to properly translate everything

Synopsis

After fleeing from civil war in her native Ethiopia, Zeynab attempted to immigrate to Canada with her five children. But during the immigration process, she became pregnant with her sixth child, Nasteha. When she tried to leave Kenya, she was forced to leave baby Nasteha behind. Three years later, a social service worker named Ruth Beardsley travels to Nairobi in an attempt to gain Nasteha’s trust – and bring her back to Vancouver and reunite her with her mother.

But Ruth’s journey is fraught with obstacles. She finds Nasteha in Nairobi, recovering from a bout of Malaria that could prevent her from travelling on a plane. The local immigration office erects a paperwork wall - demanding elusive travel documents that jeopardize years of preparation. And Nasteha’s trust is not won easy. She refuses to acknowledge Ruth, let alone show any signs that she’d cooperate on a thirty-hour journey halfway across the globe.

The greatest challenge of all comes when Ruth must tear Nasteha away from her Aunt Ebla – the woman who has been raising her in her mother’s absence since she was a baby. Ebla is the only mother Nasteha has ever known – and severing their bond proves to be more difficult than any of them – including Ruth – ever imagined.

You Can Help Tell Nasteha's Story

This is an all or nothing campaign - meaning that if we don't reach
our goal of $20,000, we get NOTHING.  But I'm confident we
can make it happen, with your help.

You can be a part of movie magic - with a donation anywhere from $10 to $5,000, you can help us make "My Heart In Kenya" a reality. Get
access to exclusive perks like: posters, calendars and even see your
name in the end credits of the film. Check out all the perks
on the right and please consider making a contribution.  Let's make
sure Nasteha's story gets told.

Where will your money go?

One of the biggest hurdles we face with this film is accurately translating the Swahili and Somali languages that are spoken throughout, so a big portion of the kickstarter funds will be allocated to that. We also will need money to pay a composer to create unique and captivating original music. As well as professional Color Correction and a sound mix.


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About the Team

Director/Producer - Hunter Wood

Hunter graduated from Capilano University's Motion Picture Production Program in 2007. Since graduating from Capilano University Hunter has worked as a Videographer for History Canada's "Ice Pilots NWT" as well as on Discovery Canada's "Airshow." He is currently working on Discovery Canada's "Highway Thru Hell."

Writer/Producer - Trevor Renney 

Trevor Renney is a writer / story editor who has been a part of Ice Pilots NWT's story department for its entire five season run. His work has also been featured in the documentary "Cliff Notes," Shaw TV's series "The Proposal" and CMT's "Mom's a Medium."  He has also worked for Adbusters magazine, is a graduate of Capilano University Motion Picture Production Program, and an active member of the Vancouver film collective The Shots.

Editor - Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux

Jeremy graduated from Capilano University's Motion Picture Production Program in 2006. Jeremy then moved onto the CFC Editors Lab program in Toronto on a scholarship. He is currently working on CMT's "Mom is the Medium." In what little spare time he has he just directed/edited an award winning music video for the band "PUP" and their LA based label Side One Dummy Records.

Co-Editor - Tuyet Le

Tuyet graduated from Television Broadcast program at BCIT in 2006. Since graduating Tuyet has worked for various production companies in Vancouver in Post Production, most recently on ABC's new series "The Quest".

Producer - Brad Paul 

Brad graduated from Capilano University's Motion Picture Production Program in 2006. He is an avid writer in his spare time and loves to play dodgeball. For his day job he is an assistant editor at Force Four productions, with credits on shows such as National Geographic's "Border Security," and W Channel's "Shannon & Sophie".

Associate Producer - Rebeka Herron 

Rebeka graduated with a film and television scholarship at Capilano University's Motion Picture Production Program. Over the years she has become a jack­ of ­all ­trades, wanting to learn every aspect of filmmaking to better herself as a director and producer. ​After graduating from Capilano University Rebeka worked for Brightlight Pictures as a producer's assistant. Currently she is directing Season 2 of "Kiss My Incoming Abs" a short length lifestyle fitness show for NOVUS TV, producing the concept trailer for "Crockett: The Legend Begins," and works daily as a Story Assistant on CMT's "Mom's a Medium."

Risks and challenges

One of the biggest challenges we face with this film is that it is being done on our spare time, all of the crew members have regular 9-6 jobs working in the industry and have to work on this project on evenings and weekends. But we are all behind the project 100% and are enthusiastic about finishing it, we will do our best to deliver the rewards and the film on time.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    9 backers

    You will receive a beautiful 4"x6" B&W photo of Nasteha with her very own custom hand print on the backside. Along with a special thanks in the credits.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    67 backers

    You will receive an HD digital download link of "My Heart In Kenya", plus all of the above.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    34 backers

    You will receive a personalized wallpaper featuring Nasteha and a handwritten thank you from her that she will hold up in the photo. Plus all of the above.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $75 or more

    7 backers Limited (3 left of 10)

    LAST MINUTE MOTHERS DAY GIFT

    Masai Beaded Bangles (Colors May Vary)

    Fair Trade product made by hand in Kenya.
    The income from the bangles provides much needed funds to support their families.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    20 backers

    You will Recieve a 11"x17" "My Heart in Kenya" Theatrical Poster Designed by Ola Volo, plus all the above perks.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    4 backers Limited (6 left of 10)

    LAST MINUTE MOTHERS DAY GIFT

    Silver plated Copper Wire Earrings (Styles May Vary)

    Fair Trade product made by hand in Kenya.
    The income from the earrings provides much needed funds to support their families.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    6 backers Limited (4 left of 10)

    LAST MINUTE MOTHERS DAY GIFT

    Kisii Soapstone Baby Elephant (Styles May Vary)

    Fair Trade product made by hand in Kenya.
    The income from the soapstone animals provide much needed funds to support their families.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $250 or more

    5 backers

    You will receive a custom made "My Heart in Kenya" T-shirt featuring the poster graphic, plus all of the above perks.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    3 backers

    You will receive a custom made "My Heart in Kenya" calendar featuring a selection of unpublished stills from the production of the film, plus all of the above perks.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $1,000 or more

    3 backers

    You will receive an Associate Producer credit and custom made art by Nasteha, plus all of the above perks.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $2,500 or more

    0 backers

    You will Receive exclusive tickets to the pre party before the Vancouver screening. Where you can meet Zeynab and her family, along with Ruth Beardsley and all the crew. Plus all of the above perks.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $5,000 or more

    0 backers

    You will receive an exclusive Executive Producer Credit in the credits of the Film and on IMDB. With exclusive access to the sound mixing and color correction sessions, plus all of the above perks.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (35 days)