The Dream That Refused Me.
The Dream The Refused Me is split across four aesthetically distinct chapters that ties together myths, attitudes, and rituals from across Africa. Powerful and emotionally stirring, a Xhosa poem narrated by Siyabonga Jim creates draws a narrative line between the ancestral specters and incandescent landscapes created by collage artist Zas Ieluhee.
The story of Africa’s rich cultures and traditions is constantly being retold, remade, and reimagined. The Ethnicify App segment of Newman’s film, which is a satirical take on influencer culture, highlights how cultural nuances can become lost in translation among the diaspora. The question remains: If we, as a new generation of global Africans, are meant to embody the hopes and dreams of our forefathers, would they even recognise that us today?
The Dream That Refused Me does not aim to carry a singular message but to exist as a creative expression; a kaleidoscope of colors, shapes, and prints that for those who have inherited the key through birth, culture or education can unlock the film’s abundance of coded connotations.
Distribution Details :
Director: Jabu Nadia Newman Collage Artist: Zas Ieluhee Poet: Siyabonga Jim
Dancers: Indoni Dance, Arts and Leadership Academy Lolwethu Sdumo Mthetheleli Dlakavu Amanda Guma Chumande Ngqakotye Yolanda Ntanyana CGI Model: Kim Zulu by Emoji Digital Hello Nice Vlogger: Natalie Paneng
Executive Producer: Rozanne Rocha-Gray Producer: Didi Exelby DP: Deon van Zyl Production Art Director: Wendy Fredriksson Styling: Unathi Mkonto Edit: Paul Speirs and Thabo Nhlapo, New Creation Collective
Post Production: Monstrum Online Grade and VFX: Rusty Ruthven Vlogger Interface VFX/3D Artwork: Nick Ellis-Brown VFX Production: Iconic Agency iPhone Footage: Francesco Mbele
Sound Post Production: Welcome Park Studio Final Mix: Luis Trujillo Foley Artist: Quanita Allie Music Composer: Likhona Camane
SPECIAL THANKS TO: NOWNESS, Imran Hamdulay, Iconic Agency, Sbonakaliso Ndaba, Discovery Unit and Locations, Lourensford Wine Estate, Medic 8, Viviers, Onesimo and Amanda Laird Cherry.