About this project
How CHULA Will Help
Chula is a drama about a young African woman living with bipolar disorder in the Washington D.C. area, played by Ethiopian-American actress Selamawit Worku. The film touches upon her upbringing and subsequent rise to fame which is tainted by her mental illness and a strict father; One whose inability to distinguish between discipline and emotional abuse leaves scars that follow Chula into adulthood. To cope with the stress of her illness and rising fame, Chula begins to abuse drugs and alcohol. Chula's relationships, including her relationship with her boyfriend (played by Nigerian actor Obum Ezekwem) suffers, culminating in Chula losing all that she values most; yet in the end, a glimmer of hope is found.
The Producer's Inspiration for CHULA
Hello, my name is Ledet and I have served as a Psychiatric Nurse for over a decade in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. After traveling to a number of African countries where I witnessed the burden of mental illness, I could no longer ignore the disparities that exist in both the African diaspora and the continent regarding mental illness. I decided that it was important to create something to address the ways that mental illness is stigmatized in our community and in doing so, empower those affected, provide awareness, and strive towards better solutions. This manifested itself in the film, CHULA.
We’re offering funders the opportunity to play a role in raising awareness of an issue affecting millions of Africans around the world. Mental illness still remains a taboo subject within minority communities. Many Africans, and members of the African diaspora, do not seek mental care due to the perceived stigma and when they do seek help, it is often too late.
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Risks and challenges
Challenges may arise with our film release including issues revolving around editing and/or marketing delays. However due to the commitment of our team to the CHULA film project, we do not anticipate major delays.
Delay in the release of the film in cities both in the U.S. and abroad may occur due to varying laws in every jurisdiction. We plan on overcoming this challenge by recruiting contributors who are passionate about this project and will work to ensure successful film screening(s) in their respective cities.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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