*Trailer translations are rough until we can afford to properly translate everything
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.
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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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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