Emmanuel, the 15-year old protagonist of this film, begins receiving a series of disturbing visions forcing him to confront the fears he has about his identity. He begins to search for the truth while carefully navigating within the shadow of his mother’s shame. In his pursuit of answers, he encounters a man who like him, has a past that haunts him. A now grown child soldier, Ndazi, begins to open Emmanuel’s mind to the many possibilities in life as well as show him that he can shed his mothers burden easier than he thinks. As Emmanuel begins to embrace both the reality of his circumstances and his ability to choose his own path, he sees that many around him suffer in silence from the same thing. This unity begins to cultivate a strength in him that enables him to surrender to forgiveness.
Working Title: Ishema
Genre: Narrative Feature
Runtime: 70-80 min approx.
Casting: Rwandan cast
Languages: Kinyarwandan, English, Spanish
Release Target: Completion August 2020, Film Festival premiere Fall 2020
Estimated Budget: $100K
Fiscal sponsor: From the Heart Productions (all contributions tax-deductible)
Status: Post Production