19 Jun Spotlight Projects at Cannes 2021
The creators of the projects listed below will meet with potential funders, co-producers, festival programmers and other key industry professionals to help make their work become a reality.
Black People Don’t Get Depressed (South Africa)
Director: Sara Chitambo Producer: Cati Weinek
Log line: A Filmmaker on a personal journey of dealing with her mental health issues connects to a supportive online community and through it investigates the struggles, rituals and triumphs in an attempt to demystify depression on the Continent and in the diaspora.
Pour the Water as I Leave (Bosnia, USA)
Director: Daniela Repas Producer: Jessica Daugherty
Log line: Pour The Water as I Leave is a feature length animated docu-fiction of war, resilience and hope where through fiction and fact, a poetic narrative of exodus unfolds in 1990s Bosnia.
The Whalers (Cape Verde)
Directors: P.J. Marcellino & Jerri Thrasher Producer: Pedro Jose-Marcellino
Log line: From the final years of the slave trade, and up to the 1950’s; whaling ships crossed the world’s oceans crewed largely by intrepid (free) Black and Indigenous men, in a remarkably meritocratic and multicultural floating society still echoing today.
We the People of the Islands (Cape Verde, Mozambique)
Director: Elson Santos and Lara Sousa
Producer: Lara Sousa and Elson Santos
Log line: In 1965, in a secret operation, a group of 31 young Cape Verdeans, including a woman, embarked for Cuba, in order to receive military training to free the country from the clutches of colonialism. A history of ideals, convictions, utopias, and betrayals. The portrait of a youth who launched into a utopian and almost impossible adventure, guided by the dream of the liberation of their country, believing in another future was possible.