The Going Home project is a documentary series that aims to show the experiences of African immigrants when they return to their country of origin after an extended period of time abroad. There are many challenges associated with leaving the diaspora and returning to the motherland. Many ask themselves what they have to offer their country of origin, what to say to their relatives when they ask about the skills they learned abroad, and ultimately why they are coming back.
The first episode of the series will profile immigrants who have recently returned to Conakry in the West African nation of Guinea. They will come from different economic backgrounds and countries in the diaspora.
MOMO DIONE (FILMMAKER/CREATOR)
Momo Dione III was born in Saudi Arabia. He is of Guinean and Senegalese descent. He has been featured in plays, TV shows, commercials, music videos, student films, independent films, and feature films. Some of his credits are “Law & Order: Criminal Intent", "Across the Universe”, “Notorious", "Restless City" which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and several commercials. He is a graduate of the All Stars Project/Youth Onstage/Castillo Theater youth development acting programs. Momo was a member of the original cast and co-author of the All Stars Projects’ original production of “Our City.” Momo is also a filmmaker. His award winning short film "Maffé Tiga"(peanut butter stew has screened at festivals and on television all over the world. It was nominated for an Africa Movie Academy Award in 2012. Momo is co-owner of Caramel Cappuccino films, a production company that writes films that articulate relevant issues of life and relationship in underserved or under acknowledged communities with aims of producing them. He has starred in two feature film projects- Rahman Oladigbolu's Boston set, "Theory of Conflict" and Gahité Fofana's Guinea, West Africa set, "La Lune est Tombée (The moon has fallen)".
ABDOULAYE DRAME (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY)
Born in New York City to Guinean parents, Dramé Kanji Francina is an aspiring cinematographer who hopes to one day become a renowned filmmaker and establish his art in his native city of New York and abroad. With his passion for cinema, he studied Film and Television at Lehman College in the Bronx. This passion drove him to approach directors and cinematographers who had experience in the field in order for him to understand more about film making. Starting off as a production assistant on various film, music video, and photo shoots, to directing and filming his own projects as an independent film maker. He went on to found a film and photo collective called Lotus Park Films in May 2016 with fellow Bronx artists, in the hopes of establishing a crew of young creatives who want to create their vision and tell their stories through their art.
KADIJA FOFANA (PRODUCER)
Kadija Fofana is a Luxury Events Manager residing in Los Angeles, California. She was born in the Republic of Guinea and migrated to the United States with her parents at the age of four, frequently going back to visit during holidays and breaks. Her story is very much in alignment with the millennials of the African diaspora who will be featured in the Going Home series, and so, this documentary is very much a passion project for her to be a part of. This is her first foray into film and she brings a plethora of insight, organization and vigor, perfected throughout the hundreds of events she has successfully produced.
SADIQ ABU (PRODUCER)
Guinean/Sierra Leonean/American Sadiq Abu was born and raised in the Kono District of Sierra Leone, West Africa. At an early age, because of the uncertainty in Sierra Leone, he pursued a life long journey to every sub Saharan African country by road. He spent some time in East Africa before finally settling down in South Africa, where he continued to pursue his work as an actor. He studied at the Market theatre for 2 years. This journey was a spiritual one that made him who he is today, “I feel blessed to be still standing.” Story telling has always been close to his heart and theatre/films is his way of sharing his stories. Through the days of traveling, theatre/films has been a means of survival for him. He has met, known and experienced many great people in his life that he is truly blessed by. He presently resides in California where he works as a full time actor and enjoys all of the great successes as an actor.He is also the co-founder of the Sacred Drum co.
TEJAY BAH (PRODUCER)
Tejay Bah is a Sierra Leonian/Liberian Actor and Filmmaker. He is passionate about African cinema and the untold stories of immigrants.
KASIA KRUK (CAMPAIGN STRATEGIST)
Kasia Kruk is a New-York based crowdfunding strategist for art projects and film producer. Kasia originally hails from Poland and has always been passionate about creating change with the power of film.
GOING HOME Production Expenses
CUSTOMIZED PICTURE OF YOU IN OUR DREAM HOME
LIMITED EDITION GOING HOME T-SHIRT AND TOTE BUNDLE
GOING HOME MOSAIC ART WITH YOUR PICTURE INCLUDED
Risks and challenges
Historically, the holiday season is when the majority of Guineans abroad return home to visit their families. Our main challenge with the Going Home project is to be able to film as many people as possible who have just returned and who have been there for a longer period of time all within our desired time frame of December-January.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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