Kickstarter: An African woman defies the traditions of her village, only to face a death sentence
Based on true events, the movie, YEFON, tells the story of a young African girl’s pursuit of education, and how she stands against a male government that crosses the line to protect their ancient traditions and political interests. It is a story that shows that one little person can be the beginning of not only a change, but a revolution.
Education for women is a problem that has plagued women in some rural parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East for decades. These women face the challenge of being refused an education on the basis of being women. YEFON THE MOVIE will tell their story.
The film follows the style of award winning African cinema such as ‘’ Hotel Rwanda’’, ‘’Beat the Drum’’, and ‘’Sarafina’’. The goal is to depict the African culture through the use of a variation of color and excruciating detail, as was done beautifully in movies like ‘’Slumdog Millionaire.” There is authentic use of African fabric with an intention to bring the audience a very powerful and visually compelling film.
The story of Yefon is not particularly any one’s life, the story seeks inspiration from the true life story of millions of women around the world including, but not limited to : The Stoning of Amina Lawal, (Nigeria), Tererai Trent’s strive for education (Zimbabwe), the inspiring story of Wangari Maathai (Kenya 1940- 2011), Freidoune Sahebjam’s 1900 book ‘‘La Femme Lapidee’’ and its movie version ‘’The Stoning of Soroya M’’, Princess Sultana ( Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia , ) the words of Ali Ghadur (Kirkuk, 2008), the story of Huda Ahmed ( Iraq, 2008), Reports on African women’s’ battle for equality by Gumisai Mutume, the story of Irene Godonou in Cotonou, Benin, the voices given to women’s’ grievances by Catherine Beecher (1800- 1878), Sarah J Hale (1788- 1879) in the USA, the story of Judith Sargent Murray ( Boston, USA).
The Documentary will follow the lives of three women from different socio- economic backgrounds, and their attitude towards education, and follows in the style of” Day in the Life”. Team Yefon intends to create a massive compilation of footage shot by the team, interviews, footage and uploaded videos from followers in order to create a loud voice for women’s education. This will be submitted to festivals. YEFON The Movie will be telling this beautiful story with a choice of exotic locations that represent both the culture and history of Nso people; the tribe where the character Yefon comes from.
The YEFON team is raising these funds via Kickstarter to make a film in Cameroon, Africa, a virgin country for film, where this will be the first major production, a film they can proudly showcase around the world. Due to this, resources are limited and they need to bring help from all over the globe to make this movie possible, and to make history. The Kickstarter goal is set to $50,000 and can be funded here: http://kck.st/QA8sh3
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